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|Geologically, northern Nevada
is designated as basin and range. The northeastern corner of
the state where Tuscarora is located is classified climatically
as high desert. Mountains rise to over 10,000 feet in the ranges
surrounding the town and are covered with sage and native grasses,
with aspen and cottonwood in the canyons, juniper and pine on
the high north faces.
In the valleys ranchers grow vast meadows of hay to feed their
cattle in winter. The mountains and canyons are open for hiking
and mountain biking, as Tuscarora is surrounded by public lands.
Within two hours drive are the alpine wildernesses of Jarbidge
and the Ruby Mountains. A large swimming hole on the south end
of town offers a pleasant spot to cool off.
established in 1872 as a mining camp after the discovery of
gold and silver, at 6000 feet above sea level at the base of
Mount Blitzen. The population boomed to over 3000 by 1880including
a large Chinese populationand the town sported a number
of stores and saloons, an opera house, several ore mills, and
a marching band. By the turn of the century the ore was running
out and the population had dwindled to a few hundred.
|Today the year-round
population rarely explodes beyond fifteen, with dogs and chickens
significantly outnumbering humans.
Elko, 52 miles to the southeast, is the closest commercial center,
offering shops, movie theaters, grocery stores, casinos, Big
Macs, and bordellos.
Of particular interest is the largest ethnic Basque festival
in the United States held annually on the 4th of July weekend,
and The Cowboy Poetry Festival held in late January. (Back