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The Old Pioneer Garden Country Inn
2805 Unionville Rd
Unionville, NV 89418
or (775) 538-7484
Unionville and How to Get There
Captain Hugo Pfersdorff shouted "Eureka"
when in 1861 he spotted a green gully in the hills of the
steep-walled canyon that overlooks Buena Vista Valley. He and
his team of prospectors had come looking for rich ore ledges.
The sight of the gully gave him hope. Enough hope, evidently,
to yell "Eureka."
Journalists reported Pfersdorff's
discovery, and in two months, prospectors descended like
vultures. Their ranks ultimately formed a village, and the
little canyon-nook town of Unionville was born.
Pioneer Garden's Field House
Unionville's most famous early resident had
to have been Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain). He too came
seeking wealth, and in his book Roughing It he writes
of the day that he thought he had struck it rich. The glittery
stones he pocketed were not made of gold at all, however. As
his fellow prospectors jeeringly informed him, he had stuffed
his trousers with common, everyday mica. A humiliated Twain
tucked his tail and left soon thereafter.
Folks who come to visit nowadays don't stay
for long either. They travel the 17 miles from Interstate 80
to get here, but usually head back to civilization once they
get a peek at Mark Twain's original cabin and the remains of
Unionville's 19th-century mines. If you take a little time,
however, undiscovered joys soon become apparent.
After a peak of about 1,500 residents,
present-day Unionville counts its population at around 20. The
solitude, combined with the old silver mines and other relics
from pioneer America, creates a charm which makes Unionville
more than just a temporary tourist attraction. The physical
beauty of the land also contributes to the area's appeal.
To get to Unionville, take the Mill
City / Unionville exit off Interstate 80 onto Nevada State
Highway 400. Drive about 17 miles on paved road, then look
for the Unionville sign on your right as the highway turns
into a well-graded gravel road. The village is located
about three miles up the road into the canyon. Unionville
is just under 3 hours from Reno (about 150 miles).
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