May 15, 2012

The International

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The International Hotel is the oldest hotel in Nevada and one of the oldest in the west.

It was high on my list of things to shoot on this trip. Back in 2004, when I first visited Austin on TREK USA, my teammate Tom and I popped into the bar for a beer. We were completely drawn in by its old west charm.

[singlepic id=1751 w=320 h=240 float=left]The International Hotel today is not a hotel. It is a bar and restaurant. This is the bar, smoking allowed. The restaurant is on the other side of the building. They serve a great breakfast and a mean burger!

The building itself was originally built in Virginia City, Nevada in 1859. In 1863 the Hotel was taken down to make way for a bigger hotel. Sections of the original were hauled off in wagons and moved to Austin.

[singlepic id=1752 w=320 h=240 float=right]The ornate bar and mirrors also came up from Virginia City, but only after they came over from England. The mirrors are original.

The bar is wallpapered with dollar bills stapled to the walls and ceiling by visitors from pretty much everywhere.

As an added bonus today, I’ve included a couple of shots of the exterior of the building.

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  1. This is like a scene in a Harry Potter movie.. It looks definitely awesome and very nice place!

  2. Its a great place having some relaxation..I want to have this on our place..Thanks for sharing..