The Petroglyph Canyon trail in Valley of Fire State Park traverses a box canyon to its terminus near “Mouse’s Tank,” a natural basin named for a Southern Paiute who allegedly used the area as a hideout in the 1890s.
The U.S. Army established Fort Churchill in July 1860 to protect wagon roads and settlers in the region following the bloody battles that year of the Pyramid Lake War between local miners and settlers, and the Northern Paiutes and their allies.
Pete and Mathilde Jauregui built Elko’s Star Hotel at 246 Silver Street in 1910. The Jaureguis operated the Star from 1910 through 1929. The Star is Elko’s solitary remaining ostatu (lodging).
Toquima Cave, located on Pete’s Summit in the Toquima mountain range east of Austin, is accessed from a dirt road that leads over the mountains from the Big Smoky Valley to the Monitor Valley. Used for religious purposes by Native Americans for thousands of years, the paintings (pictographs) in this cave are unique to the region.
Near the town of Gerlach the tip of the Smoke Creek Desert empties into the blue haze twilight of the Black Rock Desert playa.
Atlatl Rock is named for the Anasazi petroglyph of the Atlatl man, depicted holding his weapon, with a larger atlatl shown above him. Atlatl Rock is located within Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada’s oldest and largest park, six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
On May 8, 1953, flying overhead at 19,000 feet, a B-50 bomber dropped a 27-kiloton nuclear device. Detonating at 2,323 feet, the bomb blew sections of the railroad trestle from its foundation and bent the girders.
Since its opening in 2004, Reno’s Whitewater Park has attracted kayakers, tubers, rafters, and swimmers to the Truckee River where it runs through the downtown area. Its 7,000 tons of rocks and boulders provide landscaping and seats for spectators.
A collection of navigable 360° panoramas created by Howard Goldbaum, a professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Please join us as we travel all around the Silver State in virtual reality.