Left or Right?

Image of the Day – Tuesday, August 4, 2009

US 95 at NV 374 in Beatty, Nevada

US 95 at NV 374 in Beatty, Nevada

My wife, Lys, and myself were about two hours north of Las Vegas when we came upon this intersection in the small, desolate town of Beatty, Nevada. Turn right and you would continue along US 95 along Nellis Air Force Base and then eastward toward Utah across the barren expanse of Nevada. Turn left and you would be on NV 374 heading into oblivion that eventually leads to the expanse of Death Valley National Park.

We turned left toward Death Valley and the ghost town of Rhyolite. The highway is a narrow black ribbon that runs as far as the eye can see into a landscape devoid of anything resembling civilization. We traveled down NV374 for a few minutes when Lys mentioned she had to go to the bathroom. Looking at the road before me I quickly decided to turn around and go back to Beatty for a pit stop. It was a good move. We purchased a few snacks, sandwiches and drinks and topped off the gas tank in Beatty and were on our way. As it turned out we would encounter only the slimmest of resources for food, water and fuel the remainder of the day but our on a whim about face back to Beatty saved the day in that regard.

Nevada Highway 374 heading west out of Beatty, NV

Nevada Highway 374 heading west out of Beatty, NV

As you can see from the image above the road out of Beatty is a real eye-opener of desolation. I’d posted a picture of the intersection in Beatty on Flickr.com and recently which was recently commented on by a Flickr user by the name of Nevada Tumbleweed who linked me to the picture below. The picture is of the store on the corner of US95 and NV374 in Beatty back in the 1920s.

This is now the Beatty Club

This is now the Beatty Club

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~ by rfoxx on August 4, 2009.

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