The "Lonely Planet" California & Nevada guide says in Austin "there's not much to see." It says there are "pleasantly old, almost decrepit buildings along the short main street." It says its heyday was the 1860's when it had a population of 10,000 and produced $ 50 million in silver.
Still, the old buildings are in use and the town's people are genuine and friendly. It is like stepping back into the self-sufficient rural America of the 1950's: no mass-produced fast food is available, the nearest bank or ATM machine is over 90 miles away, and local TV reception (unaided by a satellite dish) is about one and a half channels! A great place to get away from it all, technologically speaking.
The first photo shows part of the city looking west.
The next photo shows what has happened to at least one old building, a delightful church building has been converted into the town meeting hall, still a delightful building.
And just because a building is old, even decrepit in places, does not mean the food, service, and atmosphere therein are not excellent:
But it is the setting of the town that makes it a special treat. Here is a view from a hill on the south side of town overlooking the Reese River valley and the Shoshone Range to the west.
And the northern wall of the valley that holds Austin shows by its tailings piles what built the city, about 150 years ago. The road in the fore and background is US Highway 50.
More of the setting in which this very nice little town finds itself is the subject of Page 2.
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