Home to the legendary Middlegate Monster Burger, be sure to swing by the historic Middlegate Station on your next trek on the Loneliest Highway in America! Situated in between Fallon and Austin, this quirky pit stop has more than just heaping burgers.
Originally named by James Simpson in the 1800s, this tiny little town and rest stop was named after the gate-like mountains surrounding the stop. With the east being eastgate, the west being westgate, of course the town must logically be called Middlegate, and so it was. Used as an active station, the Pony Express contracted the location to change horses along their route. While the Pony Express operation was shortlived, Middlegate Station continued to operate as a stage and freight station until the early 1900s. Before long, the Lincoln Highway-the first paved highway across America-popped up in front of the Station, making it a convenient stop for travelers along the way.
Rerouting of the highway in 1960 took a lot of traffic away from the stop, but travelers along the notorious Loneliest Road in America frequent the fascinating stop today and try their hand at the Middlegate Monster burger! This triple decker beast comes with 1 and 1/3 pounds of angus beef on a sourdough bun, complete with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, cheese, peppers and olives, and comes with a gargantuan heap of fries! A genuine challenge, this is most certainly a Nevada Bucket-List item! Successful challengers will walk away with a free t-shirt, but those who are defeated will likely depart with quite the memory.
Also, Middlegate has a motel, RV Park, and a free camping area, so bring your family, and bring your group as off-road adventures await you!