The town of McDermitt straddles U.S. 95 just south of the Nevada-Oregon border. It began as a stage stop on the Idaho Trail between Boise and Winnemucca and later served as the community center for people living on vast sheep, cattle, and horse ranches. In the twentieth century the McDermitt Mine, eleven miles southwest of town, bolstered the local economy. Once among the world's largest producers of mercury, the mine shut down in the late 1980s. Today McDermitt is a sleepy town, providing minimal services to travelers between Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada. A small neighborhood of modest houses and trailers stands along the east side of U.S. 95.
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