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Thanks to the Mother Lode Grotto, we just received a bunch of new images for some of our featured caves. This one, located just north of Ely, will definitely be on our trip schedule this summer at the convention.

Photo by Jim Patera, NSS

NSS 75th Anniversary Convention
July 16-23, 2016 ~ Ely, Nevada
http://nss2016.caves.org
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This will be a popular cave trip next summer in Ely.

Learn more:
http://nss2016.caves.org/places/Goshute_Canyon_Wilderness_Area.php

Photo by John Woods, SoCal Grotto, NSS

NSS 75th Anniversary Convention
July 16-23, 2016 ~ Ely, Nevada
http://nss2016.caves.org
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You never know who will share the road...
If your plans include travel this holiday week, please be safe.


Photograph of miner's pack animals in front of mining supply stores, Goldfield, Nevada, ca.1900.

In 1902 gold was discovered in the hills near Tonopah, Nevada. Soon a few tents dotted the barren hills among the Joshua trees, and the boomtown of Goldfield was born. In 1903 only 36 people lived in the new town. By 1908 Goldfield was Nevada's largest city, with over 25,000 inhabitants. Along with the influx of miners and businessmen, came the labor unions. The Western Federation of Miners, the Industrial Workers of the World and the American Federation of Labor all vied for power in the region. During the early years, the unions were able to control wages and working hours. But in November, 1906, the Goldfield Consolidated Mines Company was incorporated by owners George Wingfield and United States Senator George Nixon, signaling the beginning of monopoly control in Goldfield, and the start of an adversarial relationship between mine owners and the unions.

Photo provided by California Historical Society

NSS 75th Anniversary Convention
July 16-23, 2016 ~ Ely, Nevada
http://nss2016.caves.org
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Valley of Fire State Park

Located only 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park's attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays.

Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape. The rough floor and jagged walls of the park contain brilliant formations of eroded sandstone and sand dunes more than 150 million years old.

Extreme summer temperatures can vary widely from day to night. Spring and fall are the preferred seasons for visiting the Valley of Fire.

Learn more:
http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire-state-park/

Image by Cjarv2010, Wikimedia Creative Commons

NSS 75th Anniversary Convention
July 16-23, 2016 ~ Ely, Nevada
http://nss2016.caves.org
‪#‎nss75th‬
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Because, seriously, who wouldn't want the wail of a century-old steam locomotive for a ringtone? Right?

NSS 75th Anniversary Convention
July 16-23, 2016 ~ Ely, Nevada
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Death of "The Pony"

During its 19 months of operation, the famed Pony Express reduced the time for messages to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to about 10 days. From April 3, 1860 to October 26, 1861, it became the nation's most direct means of east–west communication before the telegraph was established. During the time of civil war in America, the "Pony" was vital for tying the new state of California with the rest of the United States.

Named the "Loneliest Road in America", Nevada's Highway 50 roughly parallels the Pony Express Trail through the Great Basin. Remnants of the route are visible for much of the way throughout Nevada.

The Pony Express announced its closure on October 26, 1861, two days after the transcontinental telegraph reached Salt Lake City and connected Omaha, Nebraska and Sacramento, California. Over its existence, the Pony Express had grossed $90,000 and lost $200,000. In 1866, after the American Civil War was over, Pony Express assets were sold to Wells Fargo for $1.5 million.


Learn more:
http://ponyexpressnevada.com/
Photo compliments of Nevada Commission on Tourism

NSS 75th Anniversary Convention
July 16-23, 2016 ~ Ely, Nevada
http://nss2016.caves.org
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How cool is this?

The Western Region of the NSS held their annual meeting last weekend in Twentynine Palms, California. This was one of the decorations in the old west mining camp they made. The event was hosted by the Desert Dog Troglodytes Grotto.


NSS 75th Anniversary Convention
July 16-23, 2016 ~ Ely, Nevada
http://nss2016.caves.org
#nss75th
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Want to plan ahead for next summer?
Here's a cool map of the caving areas in Nevada. Compliments of our friends at ESRI.com

NSS 75th Anniversary Convention
July 16-23, 2016 ~ Ely, Nevada
http://nss2016.caves.org
‪#‎nss75th‬
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Here's a recent trip report from our friend Gretchen over at Desert Survivor... This cave will be a great side-trip while you're in Nevada.
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Our website has now gone free range and is roaming the Great Basin.

Check it out & please share with your caver friends!
http://nss2016.caves.org

NSS 75th Anniversary Convention
July 16-23, 2016 ~ Ely, Nevada
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