Nevada May 09, 2018
The Armpit Of America Is Right Here In Nevada But It’s Actually Quite Charming
True Nevadans know that all of the Silver State’s small towns have something special to offer. They may not look like much to out-of-staters, but it’s often the most unexpected places where you find the greatest adventures. That sentiment couldn’t be more true when it comes to the small northern Nevada community of Battle Mountain. It’s true that options are few when it comes to restaurants and lodging, but the people who live here know there’s a lot of charm hiding in this town. When Battle Mountain was labeled “the Armpit of America”, locals took the title in stride. In fact, they embraced it.
Welcome to Battle Mountain! Also known as "The Armpit of America" according to a 2001 article in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine. The nasty moniker was in reference to the town's "lack of character" and "harsh location". However, locals weren't too wound up about the name.
In true Nevadan fashion, Battle Mountain locals took the label and ran with it. They even hosted an annual "Festival in the Pit" sponsored by Old Spice for some time. Signs along I-80 were decorated with the slogan "Make us your Pit Stop".
If you do visit Battle Mountain, you'll quickly find out that this town is far from lacking on character. In fact, this place is bursting with charm. The centerpiece of the town is the iconic Owl Club. This historic restaurant and motel has been serving the community for over a century.
The Owl Club has the look and feel of a restaurant straight out of the 1950s. It's the quintessential small town restaurant/casino, boasting large portions of savory steaks and juicy burgers. It's a must-visit place when you find yourself in Battle Mountain.
Battle Mountain is in the middle of cowboy country and admittedly there aren't a ton of attractions to check out. However, you do have to stop by the Cookhouse Museum for a unique insight into the town's past. Located in a 1920s ranch cookhouse, the museum is full of artifacts from Battle Mountain's early days.
As is typical with small towns in Nevada, dining options are limited. However, the town embraces quality over quantity.
El Aguila Real is one of the few restaurants in town, but they serve up some outstanding Mexican food. It's small town eateries like this one that pour the most love into their food, and it shows.
It's been 17 years since Battle Mountain was given the less-than-stellar nickname that made it famous. For the most part, the nickname has been forgotten. However, the reaction to the name is what will stand the test of time. It just goes to show that Nevadans are a unique sort of people that aren't easily riled.
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