Welcome to Pahrump Local! I’m Pepper Jay, a recent transplant to the Town of Pahrump (Summer 2015). These are my musings and discoveries as I transition from the glitter of Hollywood to the serenity of this quaint town. Pahrump has about 39k residents in a beautiful valley surrounded by majestic mountains, in Nye County, Nevada.
Pahump is a three (3) traffic signal town. We have a fine-dining Pahrump Valley Winery, which produces red, white, blush, and fortified wines. Our raceways include the fancy Spring Mountain Raceway and the not so fancy Pahrump Valley Speedway. Pahrump contains more churches in a small community than I ever could have imagined and there are also many bordellos; an interesting combination. Our casinos include The Nugget (machines and table games), Gold Town, Saddle West, Terrible’s Road House, and numerous smaller casinos. We also have a Walmart, Home Depot, and almost every fast food restaurant you can think of. We enjoy Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and Mexican restaurants. Did I mention Pahrump also houses a Federal Prison and hitchhiking is not allowed on the nearby roads?
What have I enjoyed most about Pahrump? The people. Friendly, generous, and helpful! Almost like turning the clock back to an upgraded 1950’s America. Retired folks, families with children, and many Veterans live in Pahrump. It is not unusually for businesses, large and small, to offer Veterans special discounts. My new Pahrump friends are extremely special people.
There are several services available to the Pahrump community. The Southern Nye County Search and Rescue comes to mind. On Halloween, volunteers took the time on street corners to make sure the trick or treat-ers were safe.
What has surprised me about Pahrump? All of the many activities and things to do. I’ve enjoyed the Pahrump Fair and Festival, which is held annually in September in Pahrump Nevada. And, the Pahrump Social Powwow; a time to gather for Native Americans and non-natives alike. Pahrump is home to the Western Shoshone and Paiute tribes. The celebration begins with a spiritual side where participants gather to give thanks. Veteran Native Americans are also honored at this time and then three days of dancing begins.
What am I doing in Pahrump? I purchased what used to be a horse ranch with the idea of cleaning and fixing it up in the hope to board horses one day. I call it Water Rock Ranch. Pahrump was originally inhabited by the Shoshone. It was slowly inhabited by American settlers in the late 19th century. They reportedly chose the name Pahrump after the original indigenous name Pah-Rimpi, or “Water Rock,” so named because of the abundant artesian wells in the valley.
I’ve found several interesting places close to Pahrump that I’ve enjoyed. The dot on the map called Shoshone, California, at the entrance to Death Valley and Tecopa Hot Springs, and China Ranch nearby.