Ely - Forging the Link

Ely - Forging the Link (HM1BES)

Location: Ely, NV 89301 White Pine County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 14.892', W 114° 53.473'

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James H. Simpson put the future site of Ely on the map during his 1859 exploration through the Great Basin. In the 1860's, silver and gold deposits were discovered nearby in what became the Robinson Mining District. Ely developed as a regional center, becoming the White Pine County seat in 1887. The area grew dramatically in the early 1900s with major copper discoveries. The Nevada Northern Railway, headquartered in East Ely, carried ore from the mines at Ruth to the McGill smelter, as well as connecting Ely to the world on its 150 mile route north to the transcontinental railroad.

The towns of eastern Nevada were joined during the late nineteenth century by a network of wagon roads. In 1913, the road through Ely was incorporated into the transcontinental Lincoln Highway, though it was not paved until 1922. Ely had over 2,000 residents and offered many services, making it an excellent stopping place on the long road across the Great Basin. When the copper industry declined during World War I, the struggling town turned to travelers for income.

The Lincoln Highway was designated US 50 in 1926. By mid-century the popularity of the Victory Highway, now Interstate 80, reduced US 50 to the status of "The Loneliest Road in America."

In addition to the Lincoln Highway, two other major national roadways converge at Ely. The Midland Trail, designated Route 6 in 1937, was an early coast to coast automobile road that also connected Ely to Tonopah and Southern California. US 93, which passes north-south through Ely, takes travelers from Canada almost to the Mexican border.
Series This marker is part of the Lincoln Highway series
Marker Number269
Placed ByState of Nevada Historical Preservation Office
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 7:53am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 681971 N 4346439
Decimal Degrees39.24820000, -114.89121667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 14.892', W 114° 53.473'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 14' 53.52" N, 114° 53' 28.38" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)775
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601-699 Aultman St, Ely NV 89301, US
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