Wells might more accurately be named "Springs" because it was named for the gushing springs (artesian wells) that form one of the sources of the Humboldt River. The lush meadows here were a God-send for the covered wagon trains coming across the deserts of Utah, and the river provided a safe route continuing on west.
The old part of Wells, along the railroad tracks, is virtually abandoned now, with a newer section along old Highway 40 barely holding on as yet newer developments at the I-80 interchanges intercept the business.
Angel Lake is a tiny gem of an alpine lake in the East Humboldt Range just south of Wells.
Jackpot Nevada on the Idaho state lineOne of several state-line towns on the edges of Nevada, this is the closest gambling venue to the population centers of Idaho. Other Nevada border towns are Wendover, Mesquite, Laughlin, Primm, and of course Stateline on Lake Tahoe.
Jackpot, NevadaDate photographed: July 25, 2014
Highway 93 passes through some beautiful unpopulated country between Wells and JackpotHighway 93 passes through some beautiful unpopulated country between Wells and Jackpot
north of Wells, NevadaDate photographed: July 26, 2003
Abandoned buildings along Seventh Street in WellsAbandoned buildings along Seventh Street in Wells
Wells, NevadaDate photographed: June 24, 2000
Seventh Street in WellsOnce the busiest street in town, Seventh Street along the railroad tracks now slowly deteriorates
Wells, NevadaDate photographed: August 6, 2011
Verdant pastures along the upper part of the Humboldt RiverVerdant pastures along the upper part of the Humboldt River
west of Wells, NevadaDate photographed: June 23, 2000
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