Nevada Day Trips March 22, 2023
by Natasha Kayes This Enchanting And Historic Town In Nevada Is The Perfect Day Trip Destination
The state of Nevada is full of
small towns, most of which are loaded with local history. From abandoned gold-rush-era ghost towns to bustling little cities, there is so much to explore and discover. Among these is Winnemucca, a historic small town in Nevada with some fun and interesting claims to fame.
Though incorporated as a city, Winnemucca is still very much a small town with just over 8,000 residents.
Founded in Northern Nevada in the 1800s, this town takes its name from Chief Winnemucca of the Northern Paiute tribe that originally inhabited this area.
There is much to enjoy in Winnemucca but perhaps the most enchanting thing about this town is its people, which has led to it being called the “Friendliest Town in Nevada.”
In town, you can see wonderfully-preserved historic buildings full of character. The beautiful Winnemucca State Bank and Trust Company building has storybook charm and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There is a legend that on September 19, 1900, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the gang also known as the "Wild Bunch," robbed another bank building - the First National Bank of Winnemucca - of over $32,000 in gold coins. Butch Cassidy’s involvement in
the bank robbery
was never proven but lends a bit of fun history to this place.
Stop by the Convention venue and Visitor Center building, recognizable by the large colorful mural on the outside wall. The Winnemucca Visitor Center is home to the local Chamber of Commerce, wildlife and mineral exhibits, and the unique
Buckaroo Hall of Fame.
Northern Nevada has strong roots in Basque culture, and every year, Winnemucca hosts a Basque Festival to honor the heritage of Basque immigrants who worked as sheepherders in the region during the middle of the 19th century.
The festival is a celebration full of traditional music, storytelling, dancing, and food, not to mention Nevada’s famous Picon Punch.
Winnemucca serves as the county seat of Humboldt County and is home to this historic courthouse.
This lovely brick building was the Winnemucca Main Post Office, built in 1921, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A visit to the Humboldt Museum is a must during your day in Winnemucca. The museum tells stories of the amazing history of this place, from Ice Age fossils to cultural artifacts from the American Indian, Chinese, and Basque populations to the “art Nouveau” period, and much more that will heighten your appreciation for this historic town.
In addition to the modern brick museum building, property includes an old church (which became the original museum), an 1880s store known as the Greinstein Building and an 1899 home, the Richardson-Saunders House.
Winnemucca’s gorgeous mountain backdrop is even more stunning in winter.
Winnemucca is not only a fascinating town but is surrounded by incredible natural beauty, from the Sierra Nevada range to the scenic Winnemucca Lake surrounded by pine trees.
A day trip to Nevada’s little city of Winnemucca is one you will not regret. Have you spent any time here? What is the most interesting thing about this town to you? We would love to hear from you. You may also enjoy reading about these other Nevada
small towns with great downtown areas.
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Address: Winnemucca, NV 89445, USA