So, a little bit about Ely, NV–located in the eastern, middle of the state…
It was founded as a stagecoach station along the Pony Express and Central Overland Route. Ely’s mining boom came later than the other towns along US 50, with the discovery of copper in 1906. This made Ely a mining town. Originally, Ely was home to a number of copper mining companies, Kennecott being the most famous. With a crash in the copper market in the mid 1970s, Kennecott shut down and copper mining disappeared. Then with the advent of heap leaching, a new way of extracting gold from rocks, there was a return of mining again in the 1980’s and 90’s. Copper has been the most recent boom in mining.
Ely is also a tourism center, and is home of the Nevada Northern Railway Museum. Not far from Ely are Great Basin National Park (where I camped the night after visiting Ely), Cave Lake State Park, and Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, as well as the state parks of Lincoln County, Nevada. The elevation is at 6,400ft and with a population of about 4,200.
Here’s the blog about my visit to Ely and White Pine Brewing. Click here.