Sunday , 24 October 2021


True nevadans know that all of this 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 and this couldn’t be more true when it comes to Battle Mountain Nevada.

This area was home to the northern Paiute and Shoshone peoples. Its primary economic base is gold mining. It served as waypoint for westward bound travel on the emigrant trail along the Humboldt river by 1845. According to local legends the name stems from confrontations between Native Americans and early settlers during the 1850s and 1860s.

When copper was discovered in 1866 and mining began, the railroad started a station to support the mining activity. In 1870, the railroad moved the station to Battle Mountain and established a townsite to serve the copper and gold mining district.

President Ulysses S. Grant spoke in this town during his Western speaking tour. President Woodrow Wilson established Battle Mountain Indian colony by executive order in 1917.

In the 2008 Wells, Nevada earthquake of 6.3 magnitude that affected the northeast part of the state, severe damage was done to one of the city’s oldest historical buildings, the Lemaire building, which was then condemned.

When Battle Mountain was labeled “the armpit of America”, In 2001 by the Washington Post, the locals took the title in stride. In fact, they embraced it. The nasty moniker was in reference to the town’s lack of character and harsh location.

The locals 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”. It just goes to show that Nevadans are a unique sort of people that aren’t easily riled.

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