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Ely Nevada Online      2015
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Ely Nevada Online
All about our murals, the Ely Renaissance Village, Farmer's Market
and the Art Bank.
Welcome to Ely Nevada
We are glad you are here!

Tiffany Swetich
Economy Drug
696 Aultman Street
Ely, NV 89301
Steptoe Valley Gifts & Souvenirs
Gifts for all Occasions ~ Nuwati Herbal Products
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White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board
150 Sixth Street • Ely, NV 89301 • 800-496-9350 • www.

Fire & Ice Festival
– January –
Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend

• Ice Sculpture Competition - January 16-18, 2015
• Fireworks Express - January 17, 2015
• Rotary Ice Fishing Derby - January 24, 2015

Sheepherders' Ball- January 16-17, 2015

NNRY Winter Photoshoot – February 6-8 and 13-15, 2015

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet – March 28, 2015
Ely Nevada, as everyone knows; is just a small town out
in the middle of nowhere.  A respite along the World’s
Loneliest Highway and a place to wet your whistle while
discovering the Pony Express Trail. But all of that has
changed now, as Ely Nevada was officially named the
first winner of the Tour Around Nevada 2015 contest,
and will be featured in the January/February issue of
Nevada Magazine.  

According to Nevada Magazine’s Meg Meuller
Nevada Magazine article here) there was an
overwhelming response from the people to name Ely
Nevada a winner in the first round. The comments from
readers ranged from humorous regarding our extreme
isolation to awe inspiring recapping our natural beauty
and wildlife.

For many, it is the history, the whispers heard in the
winds of the canyons and the occasional pink capped
mountains reflecting the success of a days’ hard work.
When so much is changing around us, Ely is blessed
with the magic formula of longevity. The people, who
live here, love it. And those who have moved away over
the years, always long to come home.

Over the years Ely has changed a bit here and a little
there.  Most of the buildings are still the same and there
are some wonderful new buildings too! The family
names that were here 100 years ago are still here. People
are proud of their family history and are always willing
to share their stories.

The people of Ely have taken on projects of love to
make their small town more inviting to all who stop on
their way through, and those who have never left.

Maybe it is because we sit on the 39th parallel, but the
art here is fabulous! Murals dot the town telling the
stories of those before and the history of our town.
Museums are inviting and anxiously waiting each who
enter the hallowed doors. And of course, the rhythmic
long lonely whistle of the Nevada Northern engines year
round inviting you to ride and learn!The Nevada
Northern Railway offers a dream come true to railroad
officianados, and a magic place to visit for all.

Activities are year round from hunting and fishing to
riding the trails and exploring the Great Basin National
Park. There is just so much to do! And hey, if it is a
slow night, we still drag main here. Seriously though,
we are waiting for you to come and visit us in Ely, any
time of the year!
Ely Featured in Nevada Magazine
by Patricia Fua
The Silver State Restaurant
by Lorraine Clark

The Silver State Restaurant, located on Highway 50 in Ely, Nevada,
has been known for years as the place to stop for good, home-style
meals.  This is the place where locals eat several times a week and
everyone knows both the customers and the staff. There is always a
friendly face to greet you.

The restaurant can trace its roots to the mid-1960’s when the eatery
was owned by Bob Hettinger and featured a spudnut shop selling
homemade doughnuts.  One of the workers, Donna Cobb Ward
purchased the restaurant in 1972. Her daughter Julie Ward Adair
began washing dishes there when she was ten. Donna Ward’s  friend,
Violet Grubic worked there, along with her daughter,  Luanne
Griffiths. All of these people were good friends and the daughters Julie
and Luanne attended school together in the early 1970’s. They worked
for $1.25 an hour.  A fire in 1976 forced remodeling with the spudnut  
shop being added to the dining space.

Donna Ward passed away in 2001and the Silver State was run by Bill
and Julie Adair from 2002 until 2011. In 2011, the restaurant was
leased by Don and Luanne Griffiths, continuing the connection to the
early years.

In addition to the locals, celebrities often stop in. A shadow box on the
wall features items from the Kyle Petty ride which the Silver State
catered a few years back. Several movies have been made in the area,
including Cherry 2000, Rat Race, Blueberry Knights, and others that
feature a glimpse of the interior and outside shots of Ely.

Snowbirds  traveling Highway 50 from east to west and Highway 93
from Canada to the south, often stop for the home-style cooking and
the chance to visit with friends. Truckers know this is a good stop for
tasty food, including elk burgers and the best French fries in town.
Ask about the special of the day.

Beautiful pieces of wood work done by local artist Clyde Drake
featuring native wildlife add to the character of the restaurant which is
done in an outdoor theme with camo-covered booths.  

When traveling through Ely, be sure the Silver State Restaurant  is one
of the stops along the way. Great food at good prices served in a
friendly location make this a place to remember.
Sheepherders' Ball
January 16 - 17, 2015
This year will be the 12th annual gathering hosted by Denys

Friday, Jan 16:
5:00  p.m.      Sheep Industry Appreciation dinner.  (Not
open to the public)

7:00 p.m.       Open MIke program with Hank Vogler emcee

Saturday,  Jan 17

6:30 to 10:00 a.m.  Sourdough pancake breakfast

2:30 p.m.   Mary Kaye in concert

5:00 p.m.  Basque dinner

7:30 Sheepherders' Ball

Everything is free except the Basque dinner for $25.