Are you currently living in one of Nevada’s metro areas, but want to relocate to a smaller town that’s more inviting and peaceful? If so, you’re in luck! There are many smaller towns scattered throughout Nevada that fit these descriptions perfectly, and 12 of these towns are listed below.
Ely, the county seat of White Pine County, was founded as a stagecoach station along the Pony Express and Central Overland Route.
Fernley, establiblished in 1904, is an agricultural and ranching community close to Reno. It's also the former home of Amazon.com.
Lovelock, the county seat of Pershing County, was formerly a stop for settlers on their way to California, and later a train depot.
Gardnerville (Douglas County) was established in 1879 to serve the farmers of the Carson Valley. Basque dining is a very popular culinary attraction in this small Nevada town.
Caliente, a city in Lincoln County, was founded in 1901 on Culverwell Ranch. Its name originated from the nearby hot springs. After all, "caliente" means "hot" in Spanish.
Winnemucca, the county seat and only incorporated city in Humboldt County, was named for a local 19th-century chief of the Paiute tribe. Winnemucca means "one moccasin."
Yerington is located in Lyon County, and its motto is "Preserving Our History While Planning Our Future." There's no other town in the world with the name Yerington.
8. Virginia City
Virginia City, the county seat of Storey County, sprang up as a boomtown in 1859 with the discovery of the Comstock Lode - the first major silver deposit discovery in the U.S. In February 1863, it was here in Virginia City where writer Samuel Clemens used his famous pen name "Mark Twain" for the first time.
Pahrump, an unincorporated town in Nye County, was originally inhabited by the Shoshone tribe. During the late 19th-century, American settlers began to slowly inhabit the town.
Located halfway between Reno and Las Vegas, Tonopah is among the best areas in the country for stargazing.
Austin, a small, unincorporated community in Lander County, was founded in 1862 and is a well-preserved example of an early Nevada mining town.
Mesquite, located in Clark County, is home to several casino resorts and beautiful golf courses. It's also an extremely popular retirement town.
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