Ghost Town, Fossil and Nevada Pioneer Heritage

With winter nearly behind us in Northern Nevada we can all be excited about spending a little time outdoors exploring. One place to explore is the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park which is 23 miles east of Gabbs on state route 844. The desert park is home to the ghost town of Berlin and an ichthyosaur fossil that’s one of the world’s largest-known specimens.

Berlins silver-mining heyday was from 1898-1911. Although a ghost town today, many of the town’s original buildings and a cemetery remain and are part of a self-guided tour.
The main ichthyosaur fossil (one of about 40 discovered in the park) is housed in a shelter, built over the excavation site that began in 1954. This prehistoric marine reptile ranged from 2 to 50 feet long and lived near Berlin when an ancient sea covered the area. They resemble whales and dolphins. Tours of the fossil house are given from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hours of the fossil tours are 10 am and 2 pm and a noon tour added on Saturday and Sunday. Admission fees are charged.

More details can be obtained by telephoning 775-964-2440 or http://parks.nv.gov/.

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