Heading to old mining haunts


Steve Marcus

Light snow fall in Tonopah Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 as members of Nevadans for the Common Good travel to Carson City. The group, a coalition of faith-based organizations, is learning about the legislative process as they lobby for Assembly Bill 67. The bill would strengthen the laws against sex traffickers.

Day 3, Nevada Heartland trip, morning update

Greetings from Beatty, home of the state’s (the world's?) largest candy store.

We’ll be on the road to Tonopah, and then it’s north to Belmont. We ended up in Beatty because all of the rooms in Tonopah were booked. For those who have commented, let me explain: We didn’t make reservations last night because that, to us, is part of experiencing Nevada. We could have camped and cooked, but given a variety of conditions, we decided to head south.

We’re looking forward to this today. I like Tonopah – there are some great buildings, and the Tonopah Historic Mining Park is always a good visit. And there’s the newly renovated Mizaph Hotel to explore. (I don't know if we'll get to it all on this trip, but we will eventually get to it.)

Belmont was once the seat of Nye County, and the historic courthouse is a draw.

Yesterday was a long day. We did roughly 350 miles and covered some incredible terrain. And we met some interesting people, like the man we met who is riding his bike across the country. (His dog was with him.) Stay tuned for that story.

And, if you like ghost stories, this region has plenty of them. I’ll tell one later today, and I’m sure others will come.

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