On the way back to Vegas, we stopped at a little town called Chloride, which is a small abandoned mining town located just off the freeway from Hoover Dam. The tour explained that Chloride was a type of ore that usually covered gold, silver, lead, zinc, and turquoise. Although the town grew a lot when silver was found in the area, everyone moved out when the mining industry went bust. But because everyone liked the climate in Nevada and it was close to fresh water, some people decided to stay and others moved in. The downtown area still looks the way it did in the mining days, with the small storefronts and the Russell Saloon and Café. About the only modern conveniences that were immediately obvious as we came in was a refrigerated ice machine standing on the front porch, an air conditioning unit peeking out of a front window and a newspaper rack with the latest issue of the local news. We were told a famous artist of the area went up onto the mountains and painted murals on the rocks by the mines, but we weren’t able to get time to go up and see them before we had to leave. We were lucky enough to have been visiting on a Saturday when the gunfights take place, though, so we witnessed a real old-fashioned shoot-out right there in the town. A Trip to Las Vegas.
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