Nevada Attractions July 02, 2018
A Day Trip To The Friendliest Town In Nevada Is Full Of Charming Surprises
There’s something incredibly wonderful about Nevada’s small towns. Maybe it’s the peace and quiet, maybe it’s the history, or maybe it’s the people. We’ve got some friendly people here in Nevada but there’s one place that might be the friendliest town in the state and you have to visit it. Boasting all sorts of charming attractions, you’ll find plenty to entertain you if you take a day trip to this place. However, it’s the people and their Western hospitality that truly make a trip to this town something to remember.
As you drive into the quaint town of Eureka, a giant yellow sign will greet you and let you know that you're about to enter "The Friendliest Town On The Loneliest Road In America". Once you visit this place, you'll finally realize exactly how this town got its nickname.
Eureka is a modest and charming little town in central Nevada. Our state is full of old mining towns with histories just like Eureka's, so what makes this place different? Well, this town is considered one of the best examples of a preserved mining town in the entire West.
It's not just the history that will "wow" you. Eureka is a true small town with a population of roughly 600 people. It's the type of community where everyone knows everyone and they welcome visitors with open arms. Even if you've never been here before, you'll feel right at home.
The town was settled back in 1864 by silver prospectors who discovered silver ore on Prospector Peak. According to legend, the town got its quirky name when a prospector yelled "Eureka!" upon discovering silver deposits.
It's nice and quiet here which makes for a peaceful day trip. It's hard to believe this town was once home to more than 10,000 people. Although the people are long-gone, buildings from Eureka's heyday still stand tall. The recently restored Opera House is one of the must-see buildings while you're in Eureka.
If you'd like an up-close look at the town's history, be sure to visit the Eureka Sentinel Museum. This building was home to the town's newspaper from 1879 until 1960 and contains some fascinating artifacts from the town's past.
The museum contains original items including printing equipment, mining tools, ledgers, personal items of miners, and lots more. It contains plenty of information about Eureka's newspaper, but it also provides valuable insight into what daily life looked like in this extraordinary mining town.
A visit to a small town isn't complete until you've stopped by the locals' favorite place to eat. Pony Express Meats and Deli may not look like much from the outside, but they are
the place in town for homestyle cooking, sandwiches, or a cup of coffee.
What do you think? Are you ready for a charming adventure to Nevada's friendliest town? They'll be more than happy to have you!
Do you agree that Eureka is the friendliest town in Nevada? This place sure does look amazing! If you love exploring places like Eureka, then be sure to check out our list of
12 Small Towns In Nevada Where Everybody Knows Your Name.