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GHOST

Mining Camps

Car Show with Curt McBride and Millers Chop Shop Fund Raiser for Hawthorne (NV) Boys & Girls Club. Sept 13-14, 2019. For more info call 775-945-5896, or go to; Facebook / Mineral County Motorheads.

Or join us for the Annual 911 Challenge 17 mile Hike or 1/2 of the Hike & All day Events! Both take you to an amazing view, the peak of Mt. Grant & the Walker River / Lake and Valley below.

It will be held this year on Saturday Sept 7, 2019!
Sign-up at
911memorialmt.grantchallenge.org

Ghost Towns


All along Highway 95 and nearby connected roads (otherwise know as Nevada Silver Trails Territory) are Ghost Towns & Ghost Mining camps. From Aurora about 18 miles outside of Hawthorne to Candeleria at the far southern end of Mineral County do we have Ghost Towns for you to explore.
There are also short day trips to Bodie, Mono & Mammoth Lakes. And while your at, it don't forget all the Ghost Camps in between, especially in Mina if your an avid ATV/OHVer. What with perhaps 1,000 miles of open dirt roads and trails to such places as Cabin under a Rock to the Ghost Carp Boat way behind Walker Lake to The Car Frame Windmill near the Ghost Mining camp of Poinsettia we got you covered in DirtRoad Fun.

OFF ROAD

Vehicle Madness

Off Roading & OHV/ATV Fun
 
Approximately 1,000 miles of dirt roads and trails is what we have for your 4x4, ATV, or OHV adventure. Many a Poker Run has been held on these dirt roads and trails. To get to many of the Ghost Towns/Ghost Mining camps and petrogylhs you'll be travel-in on dirt roads, most are 2wd in good weather however some are indeed either and or only accessible by 4x4  or ATV. Don't forget to explore the lava beds and old Underground (cold cellar) at Fletcher Stage Stop / Lava spring

 Itineraries


We have many suggested Itineraries for 4wd, 2wd & OHV's around Hawthorne and a bunch for ATV's in particular around Mina. Please see the "OUTDOOR" pages for details.

NEVADA COMMISSION ON TOURISM FUNDS

Recently FY19-20 we were given yet another NCOT grant to advertise Walker Lake & Surrounding area in full page ads in 3 BiMonthly issues of TravelNevada 2020 Magazines & The Official TravelNevada 2020 Yearly Visitor Guide

1942 USO Bldg.

Convention Center

1942 USO/Courage Theater
Hawthorne Convention Center

USO Las Vegas now displaying in the Las Vegas Airport the history of the Hawthorne USO. 
Perhaps 5,000 sailors danced with our USO Junior Hostess Ruby Hume. Yes in 1942 she was 16 and did she dance up a storm (uh lots of Romance). Oops maybe we weren't suppose to say that. Hmm. But we can say about 9 years ago a film crew came and filmed a Re-creation Dance of the 1940's here in our very own 1942 Hawthorne USO with Ruby as the Star (or so we like to think). The Auditorium (Courage Theater) is now restored to how it looked in 1942. With its majestic 1942 Cathedral open Truss Ceiling, & hard wood dance floor. Perfect for Small Intimate Weddings. Be sure to check out the National Register of Historic Places plaque on the front of this classic 1942 USO Kit* Building. One of only a few of hundreds built and which remain, let alone restored and being used basically as it was back in 1942-45.
Thank you Las Vegas USO for the Donation of the Wonderful very Descriptive Historic Plaque. Listed in Wikipedia.

ORDNANCE

Museum

Hawthorne Ordnance Museum

 Hawthorne prides itself in calling the town "Americas Patriotic Home".  Now with a Patton Tank you can climb into! This is how we make those that have served or have family and or friends that have served feel more than welcome to Hawthorne / Mineral County. Commemorating the thousands of Military, Civil Service and Civilian Corporate Personnel that have made significant, and even the ultimate contribution in defending the Freedom of this Great Nation is what this Museum Veterans Park and town are about.

 On September 15, 1930, the Secretary of the Navy commissioned the U.S. Navy Ammunition Depot at Hawthorne, Nevada. This did not happen by accident, but an accident caused it to happen. Four years earlier, July 1926, during the same week that a fire destroyed the Hawthorne business district, the Navy's principal ammunition depot in Lake Denmark, NJ blew up, destroying the town and killing over 50 people and injuring hundreds more. This then led to Hawthorne becoming the new Ammunition Depot.
 The Hawthorne Ordnance Museum commemorates the history of the Ammunition Depot and it's mission in defending the freedom of our country. Listed in Wikipedia.