Grandma and I arrived in Tonopah Nevada around 8pm last night as the sun was setting. Wikipedia informs me:
"The community started about 1900 with the discovery of gold and silver rich ore by prospector Jim Butler when he went looking for a lost burro (donkey) he owned. The burro had wandered off during the night and had sought shelter near a rock outcropping. When Butler discovered the animal the next morning, he picked up a rock to throw at the beast, but instead noticed the rock was unusually heavy. He had stumbled upon the second-richest silver strike in Nevada history. The ore eventually played out, and abandoned mines can be found throughout the area."We decided to stay in something called the Clown Motel overlooking the old graveyard. What? You think this is a bad idea? But there's free internet.