Mining Ely's Riches
- Start: Nevada, United States of America
- End: Ely, NV
- Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:37
- Total Mileage: 13 Miles
- Number of stops: 5
Ely, with its population hovering around 5,000 souls, is the largest city in eastern Nevada, and certainly the largest along Highway 50 -- the "Loneliest Road in America." But don't be fooled into thinking that Ely (pronounced ee-lee) is just another deserted desert dive. This historic mining town saw the advent of several successful copper mining operations during the early 1900s. Today, the hometown of former first lady Pat Nixon is the hub of a region rich in stop-worthy historical sites. Spend a weekend roaming from site to site on your quest for an in-depth understanding of Nevada's historical mining industry. And don't be afraid to spend some copper by treating yourself to a luxurious night's stay at the local bed and breakfast.