AUSTIN, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- It's anchored along what is affectionately known as "The Loneliest Road in America," but the folks that call it home say it's just the way they like it.
"Life in Austin is what a lot of people actually dream about," says Dee Helming, Secretary of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. "There's very little crime, very few drugs, no gangs--other than everybody."
Nestled into the western slope of the Toiyabe Range, 173 miles east of Reno on Highway 50 lies the sleepy town of Austin, with a population somewhere around 300 depending on the time of year. Established in 1862 as part of the silver boom, Austin was actually named after Austin, Texas. Rumor has it that silver was discovered in Austin, Nevada when a Pony Express horse kicked over a rock, exposing a vein of the precious metal, but nobody who was around that day is still here to confirm the story.Despite being a bit of a drive away from a sack of groceries, the folks who call this cozy town home say it's just fine with them."I like the outdoor life," Helming says. "I like the fact that whenever we want to go do something, we can just do it. We can jump on our quad. We can go hiking. We can go biking. We can do anything we want to do if we just step out our door and do it. People pay a lot of money to come do what we do and take for granted. I like the fact that it's a safe community for our kids. When our kids go to other places for sports and stuff, people say 'you have the nicest kids', and that's because they're raised right."
So, what is the future like for Austin?
"I'd like to see more families because we struggle continuously to hold our school," Helming says. "Every time there is a budget cut, the first thing they look at is our school."
Celebrating 151 years of true community: here's to 151 more.
For more information about this historic town, you can visit their website at www.austinnevada.com