Pahrump Local

Area 51 Alien Center / Amargosa Valley, NV
Area 51 Alien Center / Amargosa Valley, NV
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.

Windmill Water Rock Ranch
Windmill Water Rock Ranch

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?

John Michael Ferrari / Water Rock Ranch / July 2015
John Michael Ferrari / Water Rock Ranch / July 2015
My first tractor, Mr. Kubi
My first tractor, Mr. Kubi
Working on the Ranch / November 2015
Working on the Ranch / November 2015

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.

Tim McCallaster and John Michael Ferrari / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Tim McCallaster and John Michael Ferrari / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
My Friend Lucy / Pahrump Mirror
My Friend Lucy / Pahrump Mirror
New Friend / Lowell Wellman
New Friend / Lowell Wellman
Thank you Rod Paulsen for Mr. Roddy da Bear
Thank you Rod Paulsen for Mr. Roddy da Bear
Thank you Rod Paulsen for building a BBQ / Water Rock Ranch
Thank you Rod Paulsen for building a BBQ / Water Rock Ranch
Water Rock Ranch Foreman, Tim McCallaster
Water Rock Ranch Foreman, Tim McCallaster
Big Elvis 400 lbs 2015
Big Elvis 400 lbs 2015

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.

Southern Nye County Search and Rescue
Southern Nye County Search and Rescue

What has surprised me about Pahrump?  All of the many activities and things to do.  I’ve enjoyed the Pahrump Balloon Festival with Katie from Florida. I also 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. Enjoy : Pahrump Event Photos

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Balloon_Festival_2015
Pahrump Native American Powwow 2015 / TeePee by Hinney's Saddle Show, Hardin, MT
Pahrump Native American Powwow 2015 / TeePee by Hinney’s Saddle Show, Hardin, MT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Entrance / Water Rock Ranch Nov 2015
Entrance / Water Rock Ranch Nov 2015
Entrance Light / Water Rock Ranch
Entrance Light / Water Rock Ranch
New doors for the Quonset Hut and Jazz / November 2015
New doors for the Quonset Hut and Jazz / November 2015
Corrals / Water Rock Ranch / 2015
Corrals / Water Rock Ranch / 2015
Ben Carson for President
Ben Carson for President

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Our first Rainbow / Water Rock Ranch / Aug 2015
Our first Rainbow / Water Rock Ranch / Aug 2015
Our Second Rainbow / Water Rock Ranch
Our Second Rainbow / Water Rock Ranch

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June Sky / Water Rock Ranch
June Sky / Water Rock Ranch
June Sky / Water Rock Ranch
June Sky / Water Rock Ranch
Applies / Water Rock Ranch
Applies / Water Rock Ranch
Apricots / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Apricots / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Plums / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Plums / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Moonlight / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Moonlight / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Sunset / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Sunset / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Water Rock Ranch / Aug 2015
Water Rock Ranch / Aug 2015
Water Rock Ranch / Aug 2015
Water Rock Ranch / Aug 2015
Water Rock Ranch / July 2015
Water Rock Ranch / July 2015
Water Rock Ranch / Aug 2015
Water Rock Ranch / Aug 2015
Jazz takes a swim!
Jazz takes a swim!

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Sunset / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Sunset / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Shed and 5th Wheel / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Shed and 5th Wheel / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
View from 5th Wheel / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
View from 5th Wheel / Water Rock Ranch / June 2015
Topper / Water Rock Ranch / July 2015
Topper / Water Rock Ranch / July 2015
Cosmo / Water Rock Ranch / July 2015
Cosmo / Water Rock Ranch / July 2015
Stormy Sky / November 2015
Stormy Sky / November 2015
Our First Camfire Pit / Water Rock Ranch
Our First Camfire Pit / Water Rock Ranch
Our First Campfire / John Michael Ferrari / Water Rock Ranch
Our First Campfire / John Michael Ferrari / Water Rock Ranch

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.

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Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Peggy Sue's on the road to Pahrump / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Peggy Sue’s on the road to Pahrump / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Peggy Sue's on the road to Pahrump / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Peggy Sue’s on the road to Pahrump / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Tim McCallaster and Ron Matheny / Goldfield, NV
Tim McCallaster and Ron Matheny / Goldfield, NV
Area 51 Alien Center / Amargosa Valley, NV
Area 51 Alien Center / Amargosa Valley, NV
Target Shooting / Goldfield, NV
Target Shooting / Goldfield, NV
Katelyn Haynes / Yermo / on the road to Pahrump
Katelyn Haynes / Yermo / on the road to Pahrump
Katelyn Haynes and photographer John Michael Ferrari / Yermo
Katelyn Haynes and photographer John Michael Ferrari / Yermo

Very appreciative that so many friends and family come by Water Rock Ranch to visit. Photos at:  Friends and Family come to visit!

Kristina Nikols and Tim McCallaster
Kristina Nikols and Tim McCallaster

 

Some of the Pahrump Local Haunts I’ve discovered:

Semoore's Ice Cream Stand, Pahrump, NV
Semoore’s Ice Cream Stand, Pahrump, NV
Mom's / Pahrump, NV
Mom’s / Pahrump, NV
Sugar's Shack / Pahrump, NV
Sugar’s Shack / Pahrump, NV

Some of the surrounding Pahrump areas I’ve discovered:

Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari

Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari
Katelyn Haynes / Tecopa / Photo by John Michael Ferrari