Street racing is almost always illegal, but in the Silver State, there is one exception.
One May weekend each year is dedicated to the Nevada Open Road Challenge – an event where talented drivers have broken world records racing in enhanced streetcars.
Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Mustangs and other classically fast rides hit the road on Nevada Highway 318 for 90 miles.
The race starts in Ely with the finish line in Las Vegas, with crowds gathered all along the road to witness and feel the speed.
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For those of you who aren’t fortunate enough to live up here in the inter-mountain rural West, you are missing our breathtakingly beautiful night sky. For those of you who live in these parts, you may not have taken the time lately to stop and gaze at the Heavens. Either way, plan a special night out with those beautiful stars of ours.
Our star train pulls out of Ely with the Dark Rangers of Great Basin National Park aboard. These rangers love the night sky as much as we do, but probably know a whole lot more about stars than all of us put together. They will guide us to find interesting things up in the Heavens on this journey. We will stop the train away from town and have a special telescope for viewing the night sky.
The Ely Renaissance Society was founded in 1999 by a group of individuals with the vision of an attractive downtown area which would be representative of the art and culture belonging to the diverse group of people who had built and strengthened the small community through the years.
Volunteers to the Ely Renaissance Society began by commissioning murals to show the lifestyle of this Nevada community from historical perspectives such as the Pony Express, as well as modern times and the “age of communication”. Sculptures made from mining machinery and parks with labyrinths, began to spring up one by one.
The next venture of the group was to purchase a piece of property made up of 12 shotgun houses and a barn. These small houses have been made into unique museums depicting the turn of the century population of Ely. Re-enactments and living history presentations are held at the “Ely Renaissance Village” as well as many other yearly activities from Farmer’s Market to the Art/Wine Walk which celebrates local Nevada artists and their work.
Join us for a commemoration of the famous Pony Express route that traversed Nevada, linking the country together in 1860. At 4:30 sharp, a train pulled by one of our steam locomotives will pull out of Ely, heading up the hill toward the old Ruth Mining District. Once we arrive at the Keystone area we will stop so you can witness a Pony Express hand-off staged by Ely’s own Ghost Riders. This local volunteer group is responsible for the Pony Express reenactment as it crosses White Pine County each year. Back in Ely, you will be able to spend some time with the Ghost Riders and talk to them about the historic Pony Express and their participation in the nationwide Pony Express re-enactment.
Before we leave each passenger will receive a commemorative envelope and stamp. If you arrive early, U.S. postal clerks will be in our original turn-of-the century Railway Post Office car (RPO) car to hand-cancel your stamp. The national network of RPO cars was the next epoch in linking the nation together. The RPO era lasted from just after the Pony Express days until the mid 1950’s. Once your envelope is canceled you can leave it to be placed in the Pony Express rider’s mochila (pouch).