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Mound House, Nevada is a small unincorporated community in Lyon County, Nevada on U.S. Route 50 that is situated between Nevada's capital, Carson City, and Dayton, Nevada. Its elevation is 4,974 feet (1,516 m). It is in Lyon County, one of eight Nevada counties that allow for legalized prostitution, and is home to four brothels. Situated adjacent to Carson City, the community of Mound House lies just east of the county line and is the first community in Lyon County as one travels east on U.S. Route 50 from Carson City. Mound House came into being as a community in the 19th century as settlers traveled west toward California along the Carson River route. The famed Pony Express (1860–1861) once had a stop here, now commemorated by a Historical Marker located on the grounds of the Moonlite BunnyRanch legal brothel. Mound House grew in importance with the Comstock silver strike and the famed Virginia and Truckee Railroad (V&T) passed through the community. It grew in population during the mining boom with a railroad station (1871) and post office (1877) as the center of the community. Upon construction of the narrow gauge Carson and Colorado Railway (C&C) in 1880, Mound House became an important multi-gauge transfer depot for both freight and passengers. The original community suffered the fate of many of the Comstock tied communities, population and commerce fading with the demise of the silver boom. Completion of the Hazen branch (1905) of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which had purchased the C&C the previous year, allowed traffic bound for the transcontinental railroad to bypass the V&T entirely, and Mound House suffered as a result. At the turn of the 20th century, a large gypsum mill with its adjacent mine became the primary structures in the Mound House area. Gypsum mining and a mill still operate today in the community. However, the community's railroads eventually fell victim to economic forces, with the C&C abandoning its line between Mound House and Fort Churchill in 1934, and the V&T closing its Carson City-Virginia City line in 1938. The rails were removed for scrap in 1941. With the reconstruction of the Virginia & Truckee Railway under way since the mid-1970s, Mound House residents and visitors can now once again hear the sound of trains nearby. However, the 2009 version of the V&T had to deviate from the historical alignment down what is now Red Rock Road and Highland Drive due to the development that had taken place over the last 68 years. As a result, the new trains will not pass through the site of the original Mound House depot and yards. Significant industrial enterprises, small commercial businesses, mining, and several residential areas make up the community of Mound House today. Mound House is once again a vibrant community, contributing to the diversity and vitality of Nevada.


Mound House in United States offers a unique experience to travellers. When planning a trip to Mound House, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Reno. Attractions in Reno include National Automobile Museum, Aces Ballpark, Peppermill Casino. Also, to reach Mound House, you'll have to take a flight to Reno; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. To explore Mound House, set aside 1 to 2 number of your days. You'll be coming back for more!

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Facts and Stats for Mound House*

  • Pollution Statistics in Mound House

    Know the pollution level of Mound House before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 24.24 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 22 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 48 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 33 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 17 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 18 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 24.14 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 28 (Low)
  • Mound House: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Mound House for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Mound House.

    • Burglary and Theft 37.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 30.68 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 41.3 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 35.23 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.7 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 44.32 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 32.61 (Low)
    • Drug offense 51.09 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80.68 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.3 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 35.87 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.74 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 51.09 (Moderate)
  • Living in Mound House - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Mound House is 189.82 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 59.4 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 63.59 (High)
    • Pollution Index 29.17 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 23.88 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 60.3 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 63.38 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.38 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 135.93 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Mound House

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Mound House

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.38 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.71 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.57 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 43.08 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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