Rachel, Nevada

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Rachel, Nevada
CDP
Rachel, Nevada
Rachel, Nevada
Rachel is located in Nevada
Rachel
Rachel
Location within the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 37°38′48″N 115°44′43″W / 37.64667°N 115.74528°W / 37.64667; -115.74528Coordinates: 37°38′48″N 115°44′43″W / 37.64667°N 115.74528°W / 37.64667; -115.74528
Country United States
State Nevada
County Lincoln
Area
 • Total 7.6 sq mi (19.8 km2)
 • Land 7.6 sq mi (19.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 4,840 ft (1,480 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 54
 • Density 7.1/sq mi (2.7/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 89001
FIPS code 32-58820
GNIS feature ID 0851195

Rachel is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lincoln County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 54.1 As the closest habitation to the Nellis Air Force Range and Area 51, Rachel enjoys a modest celebrity, particularly among aviation enthusiasts and UFO hunters.

Overview

Rachel is located over 100 miles north of Las Vegas in the Great Basin desert, along Nevada Highway 375 (the "Extraterrestrial Highway"). The tiny town receives a substantial number of visitors and tourists, to whom a small tourist shop, 12-room motel , and an alien-themed restaurant and bar, the Little A'Le'Inn, cater.2

Several unpaved roads near Rachel lead from Highway 375 across the terrain to the boundary of Area 51.3

Rachel's resident population generally numbers around 50 inhabitants. The majority of the people living in Rachel are retired. Some of Rachel's inhabitants are involved in ranching. Most of the year-round inhabitants live in mobile homes. Rachel has never had a post office. The children are bused to Alamo, Nevada for school.

History

Early years

Rachel was founded in May 1973 by an local alfalfa farmer named D.C. Day. The community was first known as "Tempiute Village", and then later as "Sand Springs". On February 15, 1977, the town was renamed "Rachel" after the first baby born in the valley, Rachel Jones. Sadly, Rachel Jones died on May 23, 1980. In memory of her, Rachel residents created a cemetery and memorial park. In 1980, the "Rachel Baptist Mission", Rachel's only church, began service in a donated mobile home. Since then, a part-time pastor has come to Rachel for religious services every Sunday morning.

Mid-Air Collision

On July 10, 1986, at about 4:10pm, two F-16's of the Norwegian Air Force collided in mid-air while participating in Red Flag exercises near Rachel. One of the F-16's crashed within Rachel, only 25 yards from the edge of Rachel's mobile home park. The pilot of the downed fighter had ejected safely before the crash, and the other F-16 made it back to Nellis Air Force Base. Apparently, the pilot of the downed F-16 sustained no major injuries. He was transported from the crash site within 20 minutes of the crash by an Air Force helicopter.

Recent events

Before a local tungsten mine closed in 1988, the community's population numbered over 500, but after the mine's closing, the population rapidly dwindled. D.C. Day, Rachel's founder, passed away on July 25, 1997. Fay Day, his widow, passed away on March 13, 2011. She was buried in the Rachel Cemetery on March 19, 2011.

In 1995, the "Rachel Baptist Mission" moved into a permanent building at the same site which it had occupied previously. The "Area 51 Research Center", a small UFO souvenir shop, closed in fall of 2001. It has since re-opened in a corner of the Little A'Le'Inn. The community's only gas station went out of business in the winter of 2006/2007, shortly after being acquired by an new owner, an investor from California.

In 2006 KFC created a giant company logo on the ground at the north edge of Rachel and claimed it to be the first logo visible from space. According to company officials, "[It] marked the official debut of a massive global re-image campaign that will contemporize 14,000-plus KFC restaurants in over 80 countries over the next few years."4 Constructed in early November, it took six days to assemble the 65,000 colored tiles on 87,500 square feet (8,130 m2) of flat desert terrain. The logo also had a hidden message on the tie area of the logo that featured an impostor colonel holding a sign over his head, reading "Finger Lickin' Good". The logo was removed in mid-2007.

Rachel was featured in an episode of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends which covered the UFO subculture. Rachel was mentioned in a two-part episode of The X-Files entitled Dreamland, in which a secret agent aware of the hidden backstory of the show, played by Michael McKean, resided in the town. It is also a key place in the first person shooter style game titled BlackSite: Area 51.

The producers of the movie Independence Day gave the town a time capsule, which is installed near the inn.

Climate

Climate data for Rachel, Nevada. (Elevation 4,840ft)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 67
(19)
71
(22)
79
(26)
84
(29)
94
(34)
103
(39)
104
(40)
100
(38)
97
(36)
88
(31)
76
(24)
66
(19)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 46.0
(7.8)
52.2
(11.2)
59.6
(15.3)
65.3
(18.5)
76.6
(24.8)
84.9
(29.4)
91.7
(33.2)
89.7
(32.1)
82.8
(28.2)
70.6
(21.4)
56.8
(13.8)
46.7
(8.2)
68.6
(20.3)
Average low °F (°C) 14.4
(−9.8)
20.1
(−6.6)
25.3
(−3.7)
31.2
(−0.4)
39.9
(4.4)
47.4
(8.6)
53.7
(12.1)
51.4
(10.8)
41.6
(5.3)
30.6
(−0.8)
21.3
(−5.9)
14.2
(−9.9)
32.6
(0.3)
Record low °F (°C) −21
(−29)
−17
(−27)
7
(−14)
11
(−12)
20
(−7)
27
(−3)
36
(2)
35
(2)
24
(−4)
11
(−12)
−1
(−18)
−18
(−28)
−21
(−29)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.33
(8.4)
0.76
(19.3)
0.40
(10.2)
0.51
(13)
0.31
(7.9)
0.35
(8.9)
0.81
(20.6)
0.46
(11.7)
0.29
(7.4)
0.43
(10.9)
0.47
(11.9)
0.36
(9.1)
5.47
(138.9)
Snowfall inches (cm) 2.4
(6.1)
1.2
(3)
1.0
(2.5)
0.5
(1.3)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
0.2
(0.5)
0.8
(2)
6.3
(16)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center5

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References

  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rachel CDP, Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ Berk, Joe (July–August 2013). "Destinations: The Extraterrestrial Highway". Motorcycle Classics 7 (6). Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Tikaboo Valley map
  4. ^ "Press Releases". 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Information". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 

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