Monday, June 27, 2005

We are going traveling for our Tuesday Night Movie (8:00 to 10:00 P.M. [EDT]) for Charlie Chan in Reno.

We are traveling to the ghost town of Tonopah, Nevada.

"The boomtown of Tonopah was born in 1900, when Jim Butler accidentally discovered rich silver ore while chasing a wayward burro. Butler's discovery eventually produced more than $150 million in ore and spawned Nevada's last great mining rush.

"Today, nearly a century later, Tonopah and adjacent parts of central Nevada represent the final chapter in the settlement of the American west. Located at an elevation of 6020 feet amidst the hilly terrain of the San Antonio mountains, Tonopah straddles modern US Highway 95, and serves as a pleasant stopover for travelers halfway between Las Vegas and Reno.

"Tonopah is blessed with near ideal air quality characterized by clear skies and gentle winds. The past and present exist side by side in this turn-of-the-century Nevada mining town, and Tonopah is one of the best places in the state for you to get a feel for Nevada's colorful history.

"Visitors who take time to explore Tonopah and the surrounding hills and nearby ghost towns don't have to stretch their imaginations very far to get a sense of what it was like on that fateful day in 1900 when lucky Jim Butler found the strike that set off the great turn-of-the-century mining boom in central and southern Nevada."

Courtesy of http://www.tonopahnevada.com/TonopahAbout.html.

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