When my husband and I first started planning this trip, I knew that one place I definitely wanted to see was Nelson, Nevada. I had seen many wonderful photographs of this area and it was a must do for me.
Nelson lies about 25 miles from Boulder City, NV so it makes it a great place to visit after a trip to the Hoover Dam. The area is rich in history and sparse in population. During its heyday, Nelson was an area that was home to one of the first gold strikes in the area. Spaniards who first made gold discoveries called the area Eldorado. The mines in the area produced several million dollars in gold, silver, copper and lead from 1858-1945. Now most of the people have left and all that remains are a few private homes and a mine tour business. The mine tour business operates out of an old Texaco building.
Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours are the caretakers for the “Nelson Ghost Town”. A few movies including 3000 Miles to Graceland where shot at this location. This site is eye-candy for photographers! There are many old buildings and cars littering the landscape. The current owners have placed items in such a way that are quite aesthetically pleasing. Its not a true ghost town in the sense that it is kept up and some of the buildings are newer but made too look old. There are many great artifacts and antiques that look perfect in the settings. If visiting, be sure to stop into the store to check in before looking around outside and be respectful of the property. The caretakers also live on site. Based on my research, there is a fee for professional photographers as this is a popular place for photo shoots. There was actually a model shoot going on while we were there.