THE PONY EXPRESS TRAIL, The Old Lincoln Highway, and The Loneliest Highway in America: with a variety of names, you would think that Highway 50 might have an identity crisis but just the opposite is true. This route cuts through the middle of Pony Express Territory, an expanse of Nevada’s most historic and picturesque country. Pony Express Territory is home to some of the Old West’s liveliest towns including Fernley, Dayton, Fallon, Austin, Eureka, and Ely. Each of these communities has its own story to tell with heroes and villains and times of booms and busts.
The country surrounding these communities is just as colorful. Side roads and highways branch from Highway 50 and lead to destinations like Pyramid Lake, Fort Mason, Soda Lake, The Toiyabe Mountain Range, and Great Basin National Park. Today’s travelers can walk in the footsteps of miners, cattlemen, gunmen, and the area’s first farmers. They can drive the routes of explorers, pioneers, American Indians, and Pony Express riders. Pony Express Territory offers a glimpse of Old West history along with wideopen vistas and a variety of recreational opportunities.
Highway 50. It’s more than a highway—it’s an adventure. You really haven;t seen America until you’ve traveled Highway 50 through the heart of Nevada. In 1986, Life Magazine dubbed this highway, which follows the original Pony Express Trail through central Nevada, the “Loneliest Road in America.” This stretch of road is also part of the Lincoln Highway, America’s first paved coast-to-coast road linking New York with San Francisco. It’s just you and the road. History, adventure and intrigue. Do you have what it takes?
Request your “Highway 50 Survival Guide” by visiting any one of the locations listed on the back of this guide, or go to http://ponyexpressnevada.com
and we'll send you a “Highway 50 Survival Kit”. The kit contains brochures and maps that detail places along the route. Travelers can have their Highway 50 passport validated in any five of the eleven communities and outposts including: Carson City, Dayton, Fernley, Fallon, = Middlegate, Cold Springs, Austin, Eureka, Ely, Baker, and Great Basin National Park. Validated passports can be redeemed for a Highway 50 pin or key chain and an “I Survived Highway 50” certificate signed by the governor.
For more information, visit http://ponyexpressnevada.com