Wells, Nevada

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Wells is a city in Elko County, in northeast Nevada in the western United States. The population was 1,346 at the 2000 census. Wells is located at the junction of U.S. Route 93 and Interstate 80, approximately 50 miles (83 km) east of Elko and is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area.



The site of Wells began as a place called Humboldt Wells along the trail to California. It was subsequently founded as a railroad town along the original Transcontinental Railroad, and was once a stopover for passenger trains. The Humboldt River has its source in springs and a swampy area just west of the city that today is called Humboldt Wells. In the late 19th century, Humboldt Wells was burning down, and in a frantic plea for help, a telegraph was sent that said, "Wells is burning". After this the town was rebuilt and simply referred to as 'Wells'.

The Lone Star Motel located in Wells was used in the 2001 film Joy Ride for a critical scene.

A 6.0 earthquake occurred near Wells at 6:16 am on February 21, 2008. Because of its proximity of the epicenter, Wells experienced significant damage. The earthquake originated 9 km below the surface, with its epicenter only 12 miles (19 km) distant from Wells, at 41.077, 114.752.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 square miles (18 km2), all land, at an elevation of 5,630 feet (1,720 m).

Wells is located by the intersection of U.S. Route 93 and Interstate 80.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,346 people, 525 households, and 352 families residing in the city. The population density was 195.6 people per square mile (75.5/km²). There were 633 housing units at an average density of 92.0/sq mi (35.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.24% White, 6.76% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 9.06% from other races, and 3.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.47% of the population.

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