Eureka, Nevada

Eureka prides itself on being “The Friendliest Town on the Loneliest Road.” And small though it may be, the town has more than a few interesting offerings for visitors and residents alike.

The grand Eureka Opera House was originally constructed in 1880 and underwent extensive renovations in 1993. Once home to silent movies, it now functions as a multi-use facility, hosting theater products, special events and town meetings. Production companies such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival have graced the Opera House’s stage for special performances of the Bard’s great works. Another historic treasure is the Eureka Sentinel Museum, home of the former Eureka Sentinel newspaper from 1879 to 1960. On the ground floor, visitors can see an authentic 1880s pressroom complete with original newspaper equipment. The museum also features vintage mining equipment and ledgers, military uniforms, a reconstructed 1880s barbershop, and various exhibits depicting life in the early days of Eureka. Other interesting sites include the Eureka County Courthouse, which boasts two large bells cast in Cincinnatti, Ohio, and San Francisco; the Jackson House Hotel, which was remodeled in 1998; and Al’s Hardware, once a saloon and cash store.

Mining is still a strong industry in town, and visitors are welcome to tour the Barrick Ruby Hill Mine. But perhaps the greatest commodity in Eureka is the sprawling landscape surrounding town along with its endless riches. There’s certainly no shortage of hiking and other outdoor recreation opportunities around here.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood around Independence Day, stop by for the annual festivities. July Fourth is quite the celebration in Eureka, with a big parade and street events shutting down the heart of town to all but foot traffic. And whenever you visit, don’t forget to get your Highway 50 Survival Guide stamped before heading out of town. Download the guide here and learn how to redeem it for a certificate from the governor declaring “I Survived!” Highway 50.