I make a road trip on US highway 50 and camp out in central Nevada and explore the ghost town of Berlin. Berlin was a mining town (Silver & Gold) in the late 1800’s and is now preserved as a Nevada state park. I was the only one at this park at this time drove on highway 50 the loneliest road in America.
Base Camp Chris
Hi guys, Chris here today I am at Berlin, ichthyosaurus State Park and Berlin is an old mining town from the 1890s 9th early 1900s, and it’s a ghost town that should be a lot of fun. I’m gonna get a fire going and the ghost town is just down the road two miles, so I’m gonna be hitting that first thing in the morning, and that was pretty cool. I saw it on the way up. There are some old cars sitting outside some of the buildings and several little houses and the old mining, mineshaft and the whole mining operation, and well, I am out in the middle of Nevada.
There is nobody out here. It’s like a vast sea of sagebrush and mountains and sky, and that is like yet I’m even at this campground. I am the only one here that I know of so so this is pretty remote and pretty out there. So they say, the road that I came in on was called the highway 50 and it runs east-west, west, east, across central Nevada, and it’s called considered the loneliest Road in America and then I took a side road off of the Loneliest Road in America, so that’s even longer than that, so I am out of touch with civilization, but having a good time and we’re gonna check it check things out tomorrow. I’m getting warmed up tonight and it’s all good you.
So this house here was belonged to a fellow by the name of Mr. Watson – and he lived here with his granddaughter Zoe and a woman named Mrs. Reston – I don’t know their situation, but apparently, he was the postmaster and the store manager and he had an anti-drinking policy. But on occasion he would like to drink beer and to avoid any embarrassing situation, he would give one of the neighbor’s dads a dollar to go, buy four beers, and apparently there were 25 cents each back and he would say after he got the beer from him.
He would say: hey ray in Spanish, she would say: tres Cara, my y uno, para guste, which means three for me and one for you. So he would get four beers and he would keep three and give one to the guy who bought him. The beer yourself anyway Mr. Watson, was apparently a very kind and helpful man to everyone and lived here for I believe, 20 years I found remnants of a bottle that says a red remedy on it. It’s the kind of medicines they had back. Then the old-fashioned remedy takes care of anything even takes care of baldness.
It actually gives you a ball, this son, so yeah. This is pretty cool, there’s old, wheel, barrels and tools and all kinds of things just sitting out here all right heading up to the mind. Now, let’s go nice old truck behind me here. I don’t know if it’s a forward or a Chevy or what I couldn’t find any emblems on it, but it looks really old at that say: 1910. 1915. Something like that. I don’t really know my vehicles. We feel so open, it’s got wooden spokes on it, so that’s just like one generation removed from a wagon, that’s how old the city.
So this is this house, the blacksmith’s shop, as well as it was considered the machine shop for the whole mining outfit here, and they would keep everything in the whole mine running smoothly. They had lathes and drill, presses things like that here, an occasional vehicle would get broken down out in the desert that somebody passing by and they would tow it to its doors here and they’d get that vehicle running smoothly.
Again, here’s a workbench, some kind still got some tools and parts on it. There’s a can of beer sitting here I don’t think that’s 100 years old, but it’s that’s from like the 60s. Alright, this was the mill and they had big crushers. They called them. I guess and steam engines running things and several people working here and railroad tracks that hooked up to the building to bring wood to keep things going.
But so this is called the stage station and they had a stagecoach that would come up here. Bring people back and forth apparently and that ran from 1904 to 1924, and this building here housed the stage driver and the horses the same building. They just had a wood, a lumber partition between the rooms, and the horses be on one side.
The stage driver be on the other side and then the horses had like a gate or a door going out the back to a Corral, so imagine sleeping in the same building as your horses. Alright, thanks for watching we’ll see you next time keep hiking you