No matter where you travel in the American west's Great Basin, if your drive is more than 30 minutes, it's highly likely you'll find yourself out on a lone highway with nothing to do but look at some amazing scenery. That's nice during the day, but if you're travelling at night, the best option is to watch for hovering lights and UFOs. Alas, even that gets old after a while (unless you actually see one, of course). Hey, we don't judge.
Eventually, though, your radio station will turn to static and you'll be left with your thoughts and perhaps some old music you brought along for the ride. But never fear - we have you covered!
The material on this page may be freely downloaded, burned to a CD, or loaded into your mobile device. Some of this is pretty impressive, and some, well... it was free. So there.
And please don't stop to pick up hitchhiking extraterrestrials. That selfie just isn't worth it!
The Nevada Commission on Tourism made some impressive CDs a few years ago covering points of interest along Highway 50 and Highway 93. They've given us permission to share these with you on your journey to Ely. Each track covers a different point along the way.
Highway 50 Audio Tracks
Highway 93 Audio Tracks
The Story of the Pony Express offers an in depth account behind the need for a mail route to connect the eastern U.S. with the rapidly populating west coast following the gold rush of California, the springing up of lumber camps, and all incidental needs arising from the settling of the western frontier. Here we learn of the inception of the Pony Express, its formation, successes, failures, facts, statistics, combined with many anecdotes and names of the people who were an integral part of this incredible entity which lasted but less than two years, yet was instrumental in the successful settlement of two thirds of the land mass comprising the expanding country. (Introduction by Roger Melin)
Story of the Pony Express
The Wit and Humor of America is a 10 volume series. In the tenth volume, 62 short stories and poems have been gathered from 42 authors. We've only included the Nevada track from Mark Twain on this website, but you may download the remainder of the collection from LibriVox.
The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in
the "westering fever" of the 1840s. After becoming snowbound in the
Sierra Nevada in the winter of 1846–1847, some of the emigrants resorted to
cannibalism. Although this aspect of the tragedy has become synonymous with
the Donner Party in the popular imagination, it actually was a minor part of
the episode. The author was about 4 at the time. The first part of the book
accounts the tragic journey and rescue attempts; the last half are reminiscences
of the child orphan, passed from family to family while growing up.
We didn't upload this volume to the convention's website because of space concerns, but you can get it for free directly from LibriVox.
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In 1864, the Nevada Territory committed $400 million in silver from the Comstock Lode to finance the American Civil War. Union sympathizers were so eager to gain statehood for Nevada that they rushed to send the entire state constitution by telegraph to the United States Congress before the presidential election and they did not believe that sending it by train would guarantee that it would arrive on time. The constitution was sent October 26-27, 1864. The transmission took two days. It consisted of 16,543 words and cost $4303.27 ($59,294.92 in 2010 dollars) to send. Four days later, Nevada became the 36th state in the US.
Nevada's motto, "Battle Born", commemorates her rush to statehood - even though no Civil War battles were ever held on her soil.