Ramblings of a Techno-Viking

Tonopah Museums and Miller's Rest Area

On my way south for the winter, I spent a night at Miller's Rest Area about 12 miles west of Tonopah, Nevada. It allows camping for 18 hours per two week period, and has a free dump station. Unlike many Nevada Rest Areas, it has trees and grass watered by the on-site well. Picnic tables, grills, trash cans, and water faucets are provided. The faucets and dump station are closed in winter.

In Tonopah itself, I went to the Tonopah Historical Mining Park. The visitors center is free, but the walking tour costs $5 per person. There are several mines on the property, in various states of decay and restoration, most better than the others I have seen. One mine was exploritorially reopened in the 1970's and found not to be commercially worthwhile.

The free Central Nevada Museum has artifacts of the area, including the WWII Army Air Base used for training P39 and B24 crews. The thin atmosphere at 6000 feet caused many accidents of the P39s, and that training was moved elsewhere. Many airplane parts are on display, as well as some experimental radio-television controlled glide-bombs.