History . . . and not from some old textbook
Main Street Austin is a living document of the mining culture that created Nevada. Restaurants, B & Bs, gift shops featuring local gems and minerals, along with a few fine watering holes occupy the stone buildings. Some of the oldest churches west of the Mississippi are still standing, in a city that once had 10,000 residents, including St. Augustine’s which is being re-purposed as a Central Nevada Cultural and Community Center. A nifty visitor center is on Main Street and there are maps to the old Pony Express Stations along Highway 50 at the County building or Austin Museum. An easy bike or simple drive to Stokes Castle west of town offers an iconic Great Basin view. Get your head out of that book and plan your visit here: austinnevada.com
Austin is located on the western slopes of the Toiyabe Range at an elevation of 6605 feet. U.S. Route 50, the “Loneliest Road in America, ” passes through the town. Although rich in history, this town is not a “ghost town.” Austin’s historic Main Street has motels, bed and breakfasts, RV parks, restaurants, gas stations and unique shops to visit. Austin is home to about 200 people.
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