|This amazing establishment is home to what they modestly call the World’s Largest Collection of pinball machines all belonging to Tim Arnold. Their oldest machine dates to 1947, the newest to 2009. This quirky museum has something of interest for young and the not so young, and Trekkies, every generation of Star Trek is represented! There are even vending machines with snacks, and small real glass bottles of Orange Crush. Members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club run this non-profit operation, proudly boasting all the machines are kept in working order! Everything over operating expenses is donated to the Salvation Army. On the northwest corner of Tropicana and Pecos, they open daily at 11 am. No phone, but contact via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website for more on the machines and the club at www.pinballmuseum.org.
Neat Nevada Notes: Less than 20 miles south/southwest of Ely, is the stately lineup of Ward Charcoal Ovens, proud reminders of why we are the Silver State! At about 7,000 foot elevation in White Pine County’s Egan Mountain Range, these ovens were hand built of quartz welded tuff blocks by craftsmen from Europe. When stacked to the top with about 35 cords of various kinds of wood, each “firing” produced 30 to 50 bushels of charcoal per cord. Charcoal was critical to the silver smelting process! These sturdy beehive shaped structures produced coal until the smelter shut down around 1879, when it's rumored stagecoach bandits fancied the ovens as hideouts. Visit parks.nv.gov/ww.htm for details about the amenities at Willow Creek or call the information center, 775.728.4460.
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