Hawthorne, Nevada

Hawthorne, Nevada

They call it "America's Patriotic Home," and the red, white and blue streets and American flags blowing in the breeze stand as testament to Hawthorne's great national pride.

Once part of Western Utah Territory, gold was discovered at Aurora in 1860 and in 1861, miners of all types began to arrive in the area looking to strike it rich.

While most people think of 1861 as the start of Hawthorne's history, named in honor of Judge W. A. Hawthorne, a pioneer of Nevada and Esmeralda County, it is far from the beginning. What is now called Walker Lake, just out side of Hawthorne, had long been the home of the "Agai Ducutta Numa" members of the Paiute tribe who's name means Trout Eater People. Another earlier influence were Spanish Miners who traveled this way from Mexico in the early 1800's. At the Mineral County Museum you can see a collection of Mission Bells that were found buried in the ground about 15 miles southeast of Hawthorne, Nevada.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Hawthorne Ordnance Museum

Hawthorne Ordnance Museum commemorates the thousands of Military, Civil Service and Civilian Corporate Personnel that have made significant, and even the ultimate contribution in defending the Freedom of this Great Nation. In July 1926, the Navy\'

Hawthorne, NV Museums

Mineral County Historical Museum

Features mining equipment, historic vehicles, Victorian clothing and furniture, a 1907 drugstore, plus animal and fossil exhibits.

Hawthorne, NV Museums

Walker Lake Country Club

Tucked away on the Hawthorne Army Depot, a sprawling ammunition center, is a 9

Hawthorne, NV Golf Courses

El Capitan Lodge & Casino

The El Capitan in Hawthorne is THE hot spot between Reno and Las Vegas! Pink and blue neon atop the circle bar are reminiscent of an old style Vegas gamblin’ joint. Don't be deceived because the nostalgia stops there!

Hawthorne, NV Casinos

Things to do near Hawthorne, NV

Lahontan Reservoir Boat Launcing

Boaters with four wheel drive vehicles may launch off of beaches at Lahontan State Recreation Area that are open to camping. ...

Rhyolite Historic Site

One of the most photographed ghost towns in the West, the Bottle House, old railroad depot, and concrete ruins are all that r...

Caliente Railroad Depot

A mission-style railroad depot, built in 1923. Newly added Boxcar Museum adjacent to the depot....

Pahrump Gunfihters

Pahrump Gunfihters are an old west re-enactment group bringing old west skits out to the public on the last Sunday of the mon...

Lyon County Museum

Museum depicts the life and times of the Mason and Smith Valleys over the last 130 years. ...