On the Loneliest Highway
William, Thanks for the modern look see.
I Traveled Highway 50 some 25 odd years ago through Nevada and remember certain stretches of the highway almost completely covered with thousands of flattened mummified rabbits to the point where one of your four tires was touching one at any given moment.
We last came through there in 2006.
Did not see so many rabbits but we stopped to see why there was so much brown stuff covering the ground and road. They were locusts.
My wife had night mares about them the next two nights.
I remember Austin very well. A friend has a place there.
My wife and I drove one of my restored '68 Mercury Cougars from Dallas to San Francisco and back in 1998. We drove Highway 50 from Pueblo CO to Reno, CA. Had dinner in the building marked "International" in that picture of Austin.
It's one of the best road trips we have ever taken. Austin is the biggest town from Grand Junction to that point on the highway. Often we had to stop to allow sheep herds to cross the highway. Little towns that look like 1930 never ended. Beautiful hills and twisty but not too twisty mountain roads.
This is how I remember US 50 from Pueblo to Lamar on the return trip from Colorado Springs after Thanksgiving 2005. No rolling hills going East.
Where is Reno, Ca.?
It used to run from San Francisco to the east coast by way of Salt Lake City in the thirties but now it goes from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe and on to Carson City, Nevada 60 miles south of Reno and on to Austin and Utah and into Colorado.
I have driven it from Pueblo, Co. to its west end in Sacramento.
From there west it has been replaced by the freeway and other routes in the fifties, I think, maybe in the sixties.
You can expect to see Big Horn sheep in the late afternoon along the road in Utah and Colorado. Maybe Nevada.
It is a route not to miss, at least once.
There is a Reno Junction, Ca. but it is too far north for hiway 50 to run through. It is as far north as Reno, Nevada, but on the California side up in Lassen county.
A guy in our club rents storage in Austin, Nevada just because it is so cheap. Maybe has a house or two there too.
Jay, During WWII there wasn't a lot of highway traffic and the rabbits would sleep on the warmer pavement of the highways, As we traveled along there was a constant thumping as we traveled from one furry lump to another.
I meant Reno NV obviously LOL. Hopefully you guys haven't been worrying all night.
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I thought you meant you took 50 all the way to Reno. Not always easy to follow one's thoughts when they are in writing.
Now I see you took 50 most of the way on your trip to Reno. Reno Nevada.
The Nevada part of highway 50 is not as great as the Colorado/ Utah parts. Still a lot of interesting history in the Nevada part.
We also saw some long haired cattle heards like they have in Mongolia when we passed through the high country. Llamas and alpacas too.
Some of the cars in the picture look like mid 1930's. On the right looks like a 35-36 Plymouth. There are others about the same era in the picture. So I would say picture taken about 1936.