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Little known places to see in Nevada   U.S.A

Started Jun-3 by Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 91 views.

Santa Fe Saloon, Goldfield

If you want a piece of America’s famed Wild West, nothing beats an authentic local saloon. Santa Fe Saloon in Goldfield, Nevada is not just your usual Wild West saloon; in business since 1905, the saloon is the oldest continuously operating business in the state.

A rustic one-story building with a hand-painted welcome sign, Santa Fe Saloon transports you to a different era. Old wooden spokes around the wall, floor planks, and original Brunswick bar, Julia Bullet’s bathtub, and the figurines of notable town personalities such as Wyatt Earp shout out of a time that passed by a century ago.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Goldfield was the biggest city in Nevada and prospectors from all around the world arrived here to capitalize on the town’s gold rush.

Santa Fe Saloon served as a hotspot for the riches at the time and even though that era is long gone, the saloon’s celebrated past still attracts several visitors (which is probably why they also have an attached motel now).

Clown Motel, Tonopah

Coulrophobia – the fear of clowns.

About 22 years ago, Bob Perchetti established a themed motel in the town of Tonopah, Nevada on the edge of the Nevada desert. It caters to the usual population of bikers, truckers, road trippers, and off-the-beaten-path travelers who like to break their journey here for a night of peaceful sleep and a hot shower.

All that is cool except that when you wake up in the middle of the night, you may find a CLOWN dangling from the roof above your bed. How would you like that?

Surprisingly, there aren’t too many urban legends or horror stories related to the motel, even though there is an abandoned cemetery just next to the property. But, maybe they don’t need a ghost story for they have their own collection of (creepy) glass-eyed clown dolls to thank behind being known as “the scariest motel in America” by the Roadtrippers.

 Atomic Survival Town, Nye County

In 1955, the U.S. Army set off 14 nuclear bombs at the Nevada Test Site at Yucca Flat under the pretext of “Operation Teacup.” The explosions were recorded to be in between 1.2 to 43 kilotons (Hiroshima was 12 kilotons).

Two years before the tests began, the Army commissioned the construction of the “Survival Town,” a near-perfect residential town filled with buildings, stores, residential homes and even humans – well! Fake humans. Cameras were fitted across the test site to record the impact of the explosions on the building structures as well as the mannequins.

On May 5th, 1955, a 31-kiloton nuclear explosion hit the Survival town as 6,000 spectators watched from 6 miles away.

All that is left now are the remnants of some buildings and whatever is leftover of the mannequins (if at all). Public tours across the site is available.

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