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Murder, Gold, Indians, And Movie Stars All In One Place

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If you would like to take some time off from the Strip and do something really different, let us recommend Techatticup. Techatticup is a gold mine located just to the east of Nelson, Nevada. It is located in El Dorado Canyon and is close to the flow of the Colorado River. It is about an hour’s drive south from the Strip.

So, why would you want to visit this place you probably never even heard of? First, it’s historic. It was first occupied by basket weaving Indians who predated the Paiute Indians who still live in the general area. Later it became one of the richest mines in Nevada. It also became a lawless place where murder was no big deal.

Today, the mine is owned by Tony and Bobbie Werly. The Werly’s purchased 50 acres of land, including Techatticup, in 1994. They have been in the process of restoring it ever since. Visitors can take a tour of the mine, enjoy the gift shop, and rent canoes for some river fun.

During the wild and wooly West days, murders were a regular part of life in Techatticup. In fact, at one point the Sheriff refused to come to the area. Murder was just not a good enough a reason for the difficult and long trip. It took the nearest Sheriff, in Picche, a week to get there. Techatticup was basically in a state of anarchy as far as the local law was concerned.

Another reason to visit Techatticup is that several movie scenes were filmed there. Some of the movie props still remain such as a crashed a twin engine airplane. One of the films was 3000 Miles to Graceland. Techatticup was also included in National Geographic’s “Brain Games” program.

Nevada Magazine wrote a very detailed review of Techatticup. You can access it here.

 

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