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Rachel, Nevada
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Clockwise from top:
  • The Little A'Le'Inn
  • Inside the Little A'Le'Inn on May 2014
  • Independence Day 4 time capsule installed by the production team outside the A'Le'Inn
  • A tow truck towing a crashed UFO, a local art installation
  • Sign for and view of Rachel, Nevada northbound on the Extraterrestrial Highway
  • The Alienstock music festival hosted to celebrate the storming of Area 51
  • Rachel, as seen from Highway 375, looking northwest
Rachel, Nevada is located in Nevada
Rachel, Nevada
Rachel, Nevada
Location in Nevada
Rachel, Nevada is located in the United States
Rachel, Nevada
Rachel, Nevada
Location in the United States
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
 (2020)
 • Total 48
 • Density 6.28/sq mi (2.424/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP code
89001
Area code(s) 775
FIPS code 32-58820
GNIS feature ID 0851195

Rachel is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lincoln County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2020 census, it had a population of 48. As the closest settlement to the Nellis Air Force Range and Area 51, Rachel enjoys a modest celebrity status, particularly among aviation enthusiasts and UFO hunters.

Overview

Rachel is over 100 miles (160 km) 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, catered to by a small tourist shop, a 12-room motel, and an alien-themed restaurant and bar, the Little A'Le'Inn.

Several unpaved roads near Rachel lead from Highway 375 across the terrain to the boundary of Area 51.

Rachel's resident population generally numbers around 50 inhabitants. 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 a 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 4:10 pm, 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 (23 m) 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 a U.S. Air Force helicopter.

Recent events

While a local tungsten mine was operative, the community numbered over 500 inhabitants, but after the mine's closing in 1988, the population rapidly dwindled. D.C. Day, Rachel's founder, died on July 25, 1997. Fay Day, his widow, died 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 2006–07, shortly after being acquired by a 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. 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 game titled BlackSite: Area 51.

The producers of the movie Independence Day, which filmed some scenes in Rachel, gave the town a time capsule, which is installed near the inn.

A495, Rachel, Nevada, USA, town and surrounding mountains, 2016
Wide view of the town from the northern boundary of Area 51

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
(19.4)
71
(21.7)
79
(26.1)
84
(28.9)
94
(34.4)
103
(39.4)
104
(40)
100
(37.8)
97
(36.1)
88
(31.1)
76
(24.4)
66
(18.9)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 46.0
(7.78)
52.2
(11.22)
59.6
(15.33)
65.3
(18.5)
76.6
(24.78)
84.9
(29.39)
91.7
(33.17)
89.7
(32.06)
82.8
(28.22)
70.6
(21.44)
56.8
(13.78)
46.7
(8.17)
68.6
(20.33)
Average low °F (°C) 14.4
(-9.78)
20.1
(-6.61)
25.3
(-3.72)
31.2
(-0.44)
39.9
(4.39)
47.4
(8.56)
53.7
(12.06)
51.4
(10.78)
41.6
(5.33)
30.6
(-0.78)
21.3
(-5.94)
14.2
(-9.89)
32.6
(0.33)
Record low °F (°C) -21
(-29.4)
-17
(-27.2)
7
(-13.9)
11
(-11.7)
20
(-6.7)
27
(-2.8)
36
(2.2)
35
(1.7)
24
(-4.4)
11
(-11.7)
-1
(-18.3)
-18
(-27.8)
-21
(-29.4)
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 Center

Gallery


Economy

While a local tungsten mine was operative, the community numbered over 500 inhabitants, but after the mine's closing in 1988, the population rapidly dwindled.

D.C. Day, Rachel's founder, died on July 25, 1997. Fay Day, his widow, died on March 13, 2011. She was buried in the Rachel Cemetery on March 19, 2011.

The Area 51 Research Center, a small UFO souvenir shop, closed in the 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 2006–07, shortly after being acquired by a new owner, an investor from California. The gas station later reopened with gas and a store under the name Alien Cowpoke in October of 2020.

Alien Cowpoke Gas Station and General Store opened in October 2020 and a planned campground and RV hookup ready to open by Fall 2021.

The Little A'Le'Inn

The Little A'Le'Inn, previously the Rachel Bar and Grill, is a small bar, restaurant and motel located in Rachel, along the Extraterrestrial Highway. The business has been running for over 20 years and is frequented by visitors to the local Area 51. The business has a variety of Area 51 and UFO related merchandise for sale such as maps of the area, posters, postcards, and toys, and offers an "Alien Burger".

The inn opened circa 1989. The original owners were Joe (now deceased) and Pat Travis. In 1991 Joe and Pat wanted something unique for the Bar and Grill because they felt that "Joe and Pat's" was not exciting (according to patron Bruce Hooker). They held a contest won by Bruce Hooker with "A'le'Inn" (a play on "alien"). The current owners of the Little A'Le'Inn are Pat and her daughter Connie.

Demographics

As of the census of 2010, there were 54 people, 32 households, and 14 families residing in the CDP. The racial makeup was 94.44% White, 3.70% Asian, and 1.85% from other races. 11.11% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 32 households, 6.25% had children under the age of 18, 25.00% were married couples, 6.25% had a male householder with no wife present, and 12.50% had a female householder with no husband present. 56.25% of households were made up of individuals, and 9.38% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.69 and the average family size was 2.50.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 16.67% ages 15 to 24, 59.26% ages 35 to 64, and 24.07% aged 65 and over. The median age was 52.5 years. 59.26% of the residents were male, and 40.74% were female.

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