Pony Express Territory Newsletter                                                                                                              Winter,  2017   

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An Amazing Winter
in Pony Express Territory 
Recent Snowstorms Have Blanketed
Pony Express Territory in a Layer of White

Rotary Ice Fishing Derby in Ely
The winter season in Pony Express Territory offers amazing scenery and there are plenty of breaks in the weather to shake off any "cabin fever." Near Ely, the  Rotary Ice Fishing Derby takes place on  Saturday, January 28th, from 8 am to 3 pm. All eligible tagged fish numbers will be placed in a hat and a number will be drawn as the winner of the $5,000 Grand Prize! Other eligible tagged fish are worth $100 each.

Eureka Sentinel Museum in Eureka

Want to learn a little Pony Express Territory history? The Eureka Sentinel Museum is a treasure trove of artifacts and stories of this very colorful area. The mus eum is housed in the 1879 Eureka Sentinel Newspaper Building. This structure was used as the Newspaper Office and residence from 1879 until 1960. The ground floor of the building was made into a county historical museum in 1982. More information about Eureka and the Sentinel Museum can be found on the town's new website,  visiteurekanevada.com .

There are many things to see and do during the winter months in Pony Express Territory, so visit ponyexpressnevada.com and plan your next trip.  Travel safe! Remember to check the most recent  travel reports, and allow plenty of time to get to your destination. 

Winter Steam
Photo Shoot Spectacular!
Photograph Historic Steam Railroading With 
the Background of a Beautiful Nevada Winter! 

Nevada Northern Railway Locomotive in Winter Splendor
This is a rare opportunity to participate and learn about heritage railroading and to be mentored by one of the finest rail photographers in the nation, Steve Crise.

The Nevada Northern Railway is Nevada's newest National Historic Landmark (one of only seven in Nevada) and America's best preserved short line and complete operating rail facility.

Smithsonian Institute's Curator of Transportation History, William Withuhn said, "Among all railroad historic sites anywhere in North America, the Nevada Northern Railway complex at East Ely is-no question in my view-the most complete, most authentic, and best cared-for, bar none. It's a living American treasure and a stand-out one . . . everything is still there."

Nevada Northern Railway Museum has also been voted "Best Place to Take Kids" for five years in a row by Nevada Magazine readers and has been featured many times on PBS, as well as The History Channel's "Modern Marvels" and several recent episodes on "American Restorations."

Click Here to learn more about the NNRY Winter Photoshoot.
Click Here to learn more about the Nevada Northern Railway.

The NNRY Winter Photoshoot will begin at the Nevada Northern Railway Complex located on the Northeast end of Ely, just South of the White Pine Golf Course. Reservations are highly recommended. For ticket and 
more information, visit nnry.com or call 775-289-2085 .

The Haunted Ghost Train of Old Ely

Plan Now For An Epic
"Loneliest Road in America"
Summer Road Trip
When the Snow Melts, the Travel Season Begins 

Make sure to get your
Loneliest Road Survival Guide
stamped at one of many locations 
along Highway 50
Plan ahead for your epic summer road trip! One of the best ways to truly experience the state of Nevada is to travel Highway 50, "The Loneliest Road in America." The Loneliest Road roughly parallels the old Pony Express Trail, and remnants of Pony Express stations are visible all along the route. 

Stretching the width of Nevada, Highway 50 is a fascinating scenic and historic corridor through a land seemingly untouched by man. Portions of the route wind through snow-capped mountains reaching summits of more than 11,000 feet.

There are many things to see and explore along this Nevada highway. Ghost towns and historical cemeteries are easily accessible, as are views of a variety of wildlife including elk, antelope, wild horses, big horn sheep, and desert fox. Camping and picnicking places abound, and there are many off-road, hiking, snowmobiling, and skiing trails. For history buffs, historical markers point out where significant sites are located.

Travelers can also pick up a free Loneliest Road Survival Guide at Chambers of Commerces, museums, restaurants, motels, and gas stations along Highway 50. Travelers  can get their survival guide stamped at  each each town along Highway 50. When all seven stamps are gathered, the completed form can be mailed (postage free) to Travel Nevada. "Survivors" then receive a Loneliest Road survival certificate signed by the Governor, a Loneliest Road lapel pin, and a bumper sticker announcing that they've survived America's Loneliest Road!

Make sure to plan your  "Loneliest Road in America" trip now, and allow plenty of time to enjoy the historic and expansive Nevada Pony Express Territory.

Pony Express Territory
Feature Video

Learn the best way to explore Highway 50, and discover the hidden secrets of each town in Pony Express Territory. Check out, Austin, Nevada!

Austin, Nevada