On a long and winding road about a half hour outside of the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas lies the ghost town of Nelson ,once a thriving gold mine town aptly named Eldorado by the Spaniards who first discovered gold in this area in 1775. The mines were active from around 1858 until 1945 and many who worked in the mines were Civil War deserters.
Now a tourist site, one can see old rusted cars, trucks and even crashed airplanes dotting the area on both sides of the road. A few miles past the mining town is Eldorado Canyon on the Colorado River. An old wharf there was destroyed by a flash flood a few years ago
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