NSS 75th Anniversary Convention

Free Travel CDs

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!

Audio Tours

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

1. Introduction.mp3

1. Introduction.mp3

2. Lake Tahoe.mp3

2. Hoover Dam.mp3

3. Carson City.mp3

3. Boulder City.mp3

4. Dayton.mp3

4. Henderson and Las Vegas.mp3

5. Silver Springs.mp3

5. Interstate 15 and Highway 93.mp3

6. Fernley.mp3

6. Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge.mp3

7. Fallon.mp3

7. Alamo.mp3

8. Salt Wells and Sand Mountain.mp3

8. Pahroc Summit.mp3

9. Highway 121 and Route 722.mp3

9. Caliente.mp3

10. Cold Springs.mp3

10. Panaca.mp3

11. New Pass and Mount Airy.mp3

11. Pioche.mp3

12. Austin.mp3

12. Pony Springs.mp3

13. Highway 376 and Hickison Summit.mp3

13. Majors Place.mp3

14. Eureka.mp3

14. Ward Charcoal Ovens.mp3

15. Pancake Summit and Little Antelope Summit.mp3

15. Ely.mp3

16. Ely.mp3

16. Schellbourne.mp3

17. Cave Lake and Ward Charcoal Ovens.mp3

17. West Wendover.mp3

18. Majors Place and Osceola Road.mp3

18. Currie.mp3

19. Sacramento Pass and Baker.mp3

19. Wells.mp3

20. Schellbourne and Cherry Creek.mp3

20. Henry.mp3

21. West Wendover.mp3

21. Jackpot.mp3

Story of the Pony Express

by Glenn D. Bradley (1884 - 1930)

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

1. Preface and Chapter 1 - At a Nation's Crisis (00:10:23)

2. Inception and Organization of the Pony Express (00:19:00)

3. The First Trip and Triumph (00:27:05)

4. Operation, Equipment, and Business (00:24:05)

5. California and the Secession Menace (00:25:32)

6. Riders and Famous Rides (00:21:38)

7. Anecdotes of the Trail and Honor Roll (00:17:40)

8. Early Overland Mail Routes (00:29:44)

9. Passing of the Pony Express (00:11:12)

Nevada Sketches

by Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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.

Nevada Sketches, by Mark Twain (00:39:10)

The Expedition of the Donner Party
and its Tragic Fate

by Eliza P. Donner Houghton (1843 - 1922)

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 18461847, 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.