Monday, January 28, 2013
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
1. Take Highway 722 over Carroll’s Summit to Austin. SR722 is part of the original Lincoln Highway.
2. Visit the Austin Courthouse and look for ghosts!
3. Drive up over the giant “A” just above Austin, and get a bird’s eye view of the town. Make sure to bring your camera!
4. Attend the Coyote derby this weekend. For more information call 775-224-95145.
5. Do a bar crawl and visit all 5 bars!
6. Go to Spencer Hot Springs and relax in the hot pools.
For more information, visit http://austinnevada.com/index.html
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, December 5, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The “Shoe Tree” on Highway 50 was a familiar landmark, a 70-foot cottonwood filled with dangling shoes, boots, and sneakers that served as a popular stopping point for travelers along Highway 50 in northern Nevada. The tree was cut down by vandals sometime around New Year’s Eve. A Shoe Tree Memorial is planned for Sunday, February 13, from 2:30 to 5:30. It’s open to the public, so please attend and say goodbye. A plaque is also being made. For more information visit
Here’s the story of Nevada’s Shoe Tree:
According to Rus Stevenson, who operates the nearby Middlegate Station Bar, located about 110 miles east of Reno, the tale of the Old Shoe Tree dates to the early 1990s. A young couple had been married in Colorado and was heading toward California. As they drove across Nevada, they began to argue. Finally, the husband pulled over to the side of the road, under the big cottonwood, and left his new bride there to cool off while he drove to the Middlegate Station for a beer. After tossing back a brew, he returned to the tree and found his wife still hopping mad. In response, he grabbed a pair of her shoes and tossed them into the tree, then headed back to the bar for another beer. After another half-hour or so, he returned to his wife. This time, they managed to patch-up their differences. Unfortunately, he found he couldn’t get her shoes out the tree and they drove off, leaving the footwear hanging from a branch. Over time, others saw the shoes in the tree and began tossing old pairs into its branches. And thus, the legend of the Old Shoe Tree was born.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
It’s that time again! The 15th Annual Austin Live Nativity will be held tonight at 6:PM at the Austin Clinic parking area. Afterwards, there will be a Turkey Raffle at the Fire House with hot chocolate and cookies—everyone’s favorite! This is the kickoff for the Christmas season in Austin and it should be a white one.
For more information about this year's Austin Christmas festivities, contact the Austin Chamber of Commerce from 9:am-Noon, Monday through Friday at 775-964-2200.
Friday, November 12, 2010
First off, always check road conditions during the winter months in Nevada! If all looks good weather-wise, State Route 722 is a beautiful drive with great views of snow-covered peaks.
722 veers off of US Highway 50 near the roadhouse at Middlegate. It then crosses two summits: Eastgate at 5,110 feet, and Carroll Summit at 7,492 feet. It reunites with US Highway 50 just west of Austin. The highway is the old route of US Highway 50 and previously the Lincoln Highway. The US 50 designation was removed in favor of the new route that traverses the Desatoya Mountains via New Pass Summit, which is 1,100 feet lower with easier inclines on both sides.
For photos and a virtual tour of State Route 722, visit http://austinnevada.com/Highway-722-photography.html.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Fall in Austin signals the end of warm days and the first snowfalls of winter. In town, the trees turn color and paint the streets in swatches of bright yellow. This is a great time of year to pack up your camera equipment and visit Austin. The surrounding mountains offer adventurers spectacular fall color, and small groves can be discovered along many canyons and sidehills. For panoramic vistas, travelers can also visit Arc Dome, Alta Toquima, and Table Mountain Wilderness Areas. Hikers can enjoy many great trails along Kingston Canyon or explore the Toiyabe Crest Trail in the Toiyabe Range. Please remember to always check the weather reports, as the weather can turn quickly this time of year. For more information on these areas, visit http://austinnevada.com/wilderness.html or stop by the visitors’ center and ask where you can view the best fall foliage.