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Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

Campo, California is not on the road to anywhere; you are not likely to just happen upon this museum. But if you care about the history of American railroads, it's a must-see destination.

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Sacatone Overlook

This gigapixel panorama shows the "Seven Sisters" trestles of the former San Diego and Arizona Railway as the line snakes its way through Carrizo Gorge.

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Freight Train in the High Desert

Of the many vistas that Nevada has to offer, I never tire of the way the desert can present an entire freight train, in one ultra-wide glance, from the first engine to the final freight car.

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American Flat Mill

The ruins of the United Comstock Merger Mill at American Flat were demolished in late 2014. This 137-node virtual-reality tour was photographed from August to December of 2014.

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Tannehill Log Cabin

Thought to be the first house built here, around 1865, it later served as Eureka's first store. It is constructed from the pinion pines that once grew at higher elevations around the town.

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The Impossible Railroad

The rugged peaks and forbidding desert temperatures of the Laguna Mountains were to be conquered by John D. Spreckels when he built what was to be called “The Impossible Railroad.”

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Gold Hill Depot

The Gold Hill Depot of the V&T Railroad was completed in September 1869. The station served passengers and freight, and was also a telegraph station.

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Headframe of the Combination Shaft

This headframe served the Combination Shaft of the Chollar-Potosi/Savage/Hale & Norcross Mines beginning in 1875. With a depth of 3,250 feet, this was the deepest shaft of the Comstock.

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Remnants of the Old Lincoln Highway

Dedicated October 31, 1913, the Lincoln Highway spanned America from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. This short section of pavement is intact, but abandoned.

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Trego Ditch

This linear pool was dug to channel water away from the nearby railroad tracks. The ditch has created a unique wetland micro ecosystem in this otherwise parched shoulder of the Playa.

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The Virginia City Coach

Once the rolling home of eccentric writers Lucius Beebe and his partner Charles Clegg, the Virginia City railcar began its life in 1928 as the Pullman car Crystal Peak.

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The Inyo

The Inyo was built in 1875 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. It is one of the oldest original locomotives in North America still in operable condition.

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RR Tracks Through Reno

From the time the Central Pacific pushed the Transcontinental Railroad through Reno in 1868 the tracks bisected the city north and south.

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Palisade

Beyond its burial grounds, there is little left of this mining and railroading settlement along the Humboldt River.

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Carlin Canyon

From 1841 to 1870 the California Emigrant Trail led through this canyon. Thousands of westward-bound dreamers viewed this path through the mountains.

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Nevada Northern Railway

The Nevada Northern Railway Museum in Ely is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, interpretation, and operation of the Nevada Northern Railway's historic rail facilities.

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Humboldt Co. Courthouse

Humboldt County moved its county seat from Unionville to Winnemucca in 1873. In 1874 the first courthouse was constructed. It was destroyed by fire in 1918, and the present structure was built.

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Donner Summit RR Tunnels

After nearly five years of construction, in often abominable conditions, the Central Pacific Railroad broke through the summit of the Sierra Nevada at Donner Pass in the spring of 1868.

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McGill Drug Store

The McGill Drug Store was an operating drug store from 1915 until 1979, when it closed, as did the town’s largest employer. It sat there until the mid-1990s, when it was opened as a museum.

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Eureka Opera House

The interior of the Eureka Opera House includes a well-preserved olio, or stage curtain, featuring advertisements for local businesses. The institution dates to 1874.

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Reno Mercantile Building

Built in 1872, the Reno Mercantile Building is Reno’s oldest commercial building, having survived both the 1873 and the 1879 fires that destroyed most of the downtown business district.

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Elko Co. Courthouse

The original Elko County Courthouse was built in 1869 for $20,000. The present building was built in 1910 and sits on the site of its predecessor.