After returning to the US in January 2006, I spent time in Ann Arbor, Parma, and Lawrenceburg while deciding the next move...which turned out to be with Fluor, working on a 220 megawatt coal fired power plant in Dunphy, Nevada. The client was Newmont Gold...which was expanding their mining operations (no wonder why?) and needed more reliable and cheaper power. A couple weeks after I arrived I got to go on a tour of some of their nearby mining operations (no free samples). Dunphy is one of those "no services" exits off of I-80, 50 miles west of Elko. I drove here from Indiana, arriving the second weekend in March. Rather than live in the big city and face the long commute, I found an apartment in Battle Mountain, 23 miles the other direction:
This is the view, looking northeast, of my part of town, from I-80...actually
my apartment was just to the right of the water tank and pumphouse.
Although the slogan for the town when I was living there was "gateway to the outback" as noted on the water tank as well as various signs around town, it seems that several years ago the Washington Post had a promotion looking for the "Armpit of America." And Battle Mountain won out with the help of a local newspaper editor (who was promptly fired). The deodorant companies helped sponsor an "armpit festival" for a couple of years, now despite efforts to make the moniker disappear, there are still some billboards around on I-80. This one is visible from I-80 a few miles east of Elko.
The town was NOT named for a mountain...the Nevada DOT has this marker downtown which describes the origins of the place.
Battle Mountain has a couple of small supermarkets, a fairly large drug store (all non-chain) as well as a few gas stations, motels, and a McDonald's. There are some repair shops and other facilities that support the mining and ranching operations in the area, and of course there is a railroad that runs through the middle of town, the Union Pacific westbound track. This was originally the Southern Pacific...north of town a few miles is the eastbound track that used to be the Western Pacific.|
Everyone has had flyers stuck on their vehicle windshields while they were parked somewhere, advertising local businesses or events. This town is no exception...here is a flyer from a local business that I found on my windshield one day.
Update...here is a nearby brush fire that showed up
on 22 August 2006 when I got home from work. By nightfall
most of the smoke was gone. In 2007 the fires were more
serious, closing the Interstate between here and Elko
a number of times.
Next...the August trip to New England!
The power plant project was basically completed by January 2008, and I moved out and moved on to my third winter at Pole.