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Middlegate Station

42500 Austin Hwy, Nevada 89406 USA

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“for a slice of the real Old West”

For a real slice of the old west, a visit to Old Middlegate Station, 47 miles east of Fallon on Highway 50 is worth the trip. The station is located on the historic Pony Express Trail and features a motel/RV park, free camping, and great food and drinks. Middlegate was named by James Simpson in his journal "Across the Great Basin in 1859." He named the cuts in the mountains "gates" to identify the route he took across the desert. His exploration served the stage lines and wagon trains that crossed the country. Simpson's journal is filled with tribulations and encounters during his 1859 journey. He writes of meeting a friendly naked Indian at the middle gate who was surrounded by several dead rates and lizards that had been killed for food. It was at this spot that the Overland Stage & Freight Company built a station to serve the mines south near Tonopah and east to Ely. The station served as a Pony Express stop in 1860-61. After the demise of the Pony, the station continued in operation until the mines closed. Ranchers setting up operations in the valley carried off much of the material used in construction of the original station. The station also sits close to the original Lincoln Highway, a 3,143-mile "rock highway" that stretched from New York to San Francisco, bisecting the heart of America. A piece of that original highway is preserved at Middlegate. Today, owners Russ and Fredda Stevenson are dedicated to preserving the station's place in history. 

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Reviewed by
David & Emily

  • 2 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
April 20, 2014

The food didn't "sit" well with us but it was very enjoyable. Put your money on the ceiling to be part of history!

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Oregonian3

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 16, 2020

I was visiting family in Fernley NV for my great grandson's 1st birthday. My daughter & 3 of the greats drove to Fallon for burgers at Old Middlegate Station. Both the inside and outside have so much character. The staff there was very pleasant and the burgers as well as fries and onion rings were very good and rather reasonably priced considering the ambience was the real entertainment. All 3 kids (under the age of 11) were dutifully impressed and managed to eat almost all of their tasty burgers and even left the fries. It was worth the drive.

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bradworthington420

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December 12, 2018
Rated 5.0

The best part of Middlegate are the late night, impromptu concerts Russ plays. He has an awesome voice and is a great storyteller. Thank you for the good times Russ!

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jefawcett

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August 03, 2018
Rated 5.0

Definitely worth the stop. I questioned eating here as we walked up, but the staff were friendly, the place has a lot of interesting history (it was a stop on the Pony Express), and they were just named best burger in rural Nevada. We got some burgers, and they were pretty good!

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Tatiana Danger

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April 09, 2016
Rated 4.0

Given that the Loneliest Road is sparse on gas stations, restaurants and motels along some parts of the route, you should stop off here, top off your gas tank, and grab one of their legendary Monster Burgers. The friendly service and rich history of this station make it an exceptional place to stop!

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CallyA

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December 24, 2014
Rated 5.0

Great food !!!!

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Middlegate Station

42500 Austin Hwy
Nevada
89406 USA

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Big Rigs
  • Fifty Amp
  • Cabin Sites
  • Full Hookup
  • Paved Sites
  • Pull Through
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Pull Through RV Sites
  • Outdoor Seating
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