January 16, 2019 -- The International
The International Hotel & Bar in Austin, Nevada sits along a portion of U.S. 50 which crosses the center of the state and was named “The Loneliest Road in America” by Life Magazine in their July 1986 edition.
The International Hotel & Bar, first built in Virginia City, Nevada in 1859 but was dismantled in 1863 and moved 163 miles east to Austin where it was reassembled becoming the first commercial building in Austin. The International, said to be the oldest in Nevada, still serves meals and drinks but no longer rents out rooms. Austin contains numerous other historical buildings, in various states of repair & disrepair. The town’s population was said to be about 350 in 2005 but had dwindled to 192 at the 2010 census. That’s quite a change from the 10,000+ that were there by summer of 1863 when scores of miners were attracted to the gold & silver prospects in the area. The International Cafe and Bar is said to be haunted by a ghost called “Tommy” that sometimes appears in the bar area ….. I suspect that may be based on how long one has been imbibing at the bar. 😊
The city of Austin was mapped out in 1862 by David Buell. This was during the American Civil War, and the Union was eager to find new sources of precious metals, especially gold & silver, to support the war effort. The city was named after Buell's partner, Alvah Austin, during a silver rush. The valued metal was reputedly found when a Pony Express horse kicked over a rock and observers noticed the silver.