Beowawe, Nevada is an unincorporated area and ghost town in Eureka County, Nevada in the United States. Beowawe, pronounced Bay-o-wah'-wee, is a Paiute Native American word meaning "gate". Beowawe is located at 40.592 N, -116.476 W degrees latitude and longitude and is at an elevation of 4695 feet (1431.04 meters). Beowawe is located on Nevada Highway 306 just south of Interstate 80.
Beowawe was officially founded in 1868 with the arrival of the railroad. The town reached its peak around 1881 with a population of 60 people. In 1909, a power plant was even built in the town but by 1916, like many ghost towns, the boom ended and many of the residents had moved on. Currently, Beowawe is once again tied to energy production, as it is home to both a geothermal power plant and a large propane tank farm near the railroad.
Beowawe is also the name of one of two geyser fields located in the region (the other is Steamboat Springs). Geyser activity in both fields was destroyed by the creation of the local dual-flash geothermal power plant in 1985.
Web Sites and Links
Beowawe Branch LibraryHours and photograph.
Beowawe, Eureka County, NevadaCurrent and historical photographs, and a brief profile of the town.