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Posts From The Road: Loneliest Road In America

on August 25, 2019 - 6:18am

Nevada Highway 50 is known as‘The Loneliest Road in America’. The road spans just over 400 miles across the state but travelers pass through only six towns. Three of those towns are located near the California border leaving only three small towns between Fallon, Nev. and the eastern border of Nevada, a distance of over 300 miles. Drivers travel more than 17 mountain ranges on the drive making it fell like a roller coaster with miles of straight road between passes. The route of the road follows the same path as the Pony Express during in the 1860s. While some may not like traveling such a highway, I have driven the highway multiple times and find the road and the people living in these small towns very interesting. Photo by Gary Warren/

Ely, Nev. was founded in the 1800s and based on the mining industry. While nearby Connors Pass, elevation 7,729, is the highest elevation point on Highway 50 in Nevada, Ely sits at about 6,500 feet and is home to more than 4,000 people today. Mining and tourism provide are the largest source of income. Shown is a view of main street in Ely. Photo by Gary Warren/


A lone trucker heads to the open valley below after topping a mountain pass on Highway 50. Photo by Gary Warren/

Eureka is a small town of only a few hundred people, it is a welcome stop when traveling Nevada Highway 50. The town does offer basic needs of travelers passing through. Photo by Gary Warren/

Shown is one of many stretches of Highway 50 between mountain passes that runs straight as an arrow. The lack of traffic, human presence, and very little vegetation are reasons the highway is know as‘The Loneliest Road in America’. Photo by Gary Warren

Austin, Nev. is the smallest of the lonely towns with a population of less than 200. Shown is a building in Austin that houses an antique shop on main street. Residents of Austin travel more than 100 miles to Fallon, Nev. for groceries. Photo by Gary Warren/

Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.