Along with Ely
to the east, Eureka
is one of only two cities with chain lodging on the 400 miles of US 50
(in Utah), in keeping with the reputation of this highway as the loneliest road in America. Although generally aligned east-west, Eureka lies along a section of the highway that runs north-south, close to Pinto Summit
where the road reaches a highpoint of 7,376 feet. The enclosing mountains (Diamond and Fish Creek ranges) contain dozens of mines, many still active, and all the surroundings are contained within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
. The small but historic center of Eureka includes a selection of late 19th century buildings, though there are few visitor facilities.
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