Friday, October 12, 2007

Point D: Baker, NV

Baker, NV: Population approx. 65; founded in 1890s; "famous for being funny".

10:32 a.m. on Saturday, October 6: After we left the Cathedral Gorge, we passed through Pioche (which I will revisit in a later post and you do not want to miss the Million-Dollar Courthouse and Boot Hill Cemetery in this living ghost town) and drove into White Pine County to Baker, NV (not to be confused with Baker CA), the gateway to The Great Basin National Park and Lehman Caves.

Passing through Baker, NV
There is snow on the ground at just over 5,000 feet elevation.

This 65 people town has been a stop over for visitors to the Lehman Caves for the past 100 years. What I loved most about the town of Baker was that it was in the perfect position for the most beautiful views of the Great Basin. With so many points of interest nearby to camp and get away from the city life to enjoy nature's spectacular display of fall.

I can't quite describe what it's like to stand along a lonely stretch of road in the wide open space of the Great Basin. Everything is so still, quiet and the air smells so clear and ... free.

You'll find funny art displays like this one with the grave site marked "Too Tall Tony" throughout the valley. We saw another character in a wheelchair sitting by a mailbox. I think the town folks called it fence post art or "Post Impression Art". They say you can add to it if you are so inclined.

Like this rusty old car in the middle of no where with a skeleton of horse driving at the wheel.

I think this piece is called, Horse Power and just hilarious to see in person.

John and Daly by Horse Power
I strongly suggest you visit this site: http://www.greatbasinheritage.org/baker.htm to view the Baker Townsite in 1929, downtown Baker, and more information with respect to Doc Sherman (who started the fence post art). Baker is just so neat! I think you really have to be there to truly appreciate it.

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