The town of Ely had a number of charms besides the Nevada Club. The courthouse sat on a hill, looking down at the main street, and was an elegant old building . Around it was a goodly space of lawn and trees and beside it was a large park, and across the street from the park was the middle school. A school in the center of town always gladdens my heart — and one with hills behind it like this is even better. Ely sits in a bit of a valley, so these hills aren’t unusual.
Equally important is the Ely Renaissance Society Sculpture Park. The Ely Renaissance Society was begun when a local mine closed down and the town fell onto hard times. The Society commissioned various murals, all over town, and a Sculpture Park, in which the various metal sculptures are made from recycled metals. Many of those metals came from the mines, such as this bank of mine tipples that line one of the old brick buildings:
In the foreground of this photo you can see the labyrinth, designed by artist Sarah Sweetwater, which focuses on meditation, healing and insight. My sense of sardonic humor was tickled when I reached the center of the labyrinth, at which there was a concrete medallion featuring a design of a train steam engine with the words “Ely/ All Aboard / Nevada. I meditated upon that for some time, but skipped the circling to back out of the labyrinth. The labyrinth is actually beautifully executed; it’s only my sense of humor that intruded on my insights.