Gold Boom Fills Nevada City’s Four RV Parks
In almost every way Nevada is still reeling from the recession. It has the highest unemployment rate in the country at almost 13 percent, and one of the highest foreclosure rates. But in the northeast corner of the state, almost 500 miles from the Vegas strip, life is suddenly very good, msnbc.com reported.
In Nevada’s gold country the global boom that’s pushed gold prices to an all-time high – currently hovering around $1,700 per ounce — brought an influx of jobs to mining towns like Elko, Nev., population 18,000.
But finding housing in Elko for the new arrivals has proven more difficult than finding qualified workers. The four RV parks in town are booked solid, as are most of the motels, originally built to house tourists visiting local casinos.
At Double-Dice RV Park, the largest in town, all but 13 of the park’s 143 spots are reserved for long-term guests, some staying as long as six months to a year while they work at the mine. Normally, said owner Dean Vavak, only 90 or so of the park’s spaces are booked for long-term stays.
“We get calls all the time,” said Vavak. “We have to turn people away, actually.” In fact, his park is running a wait-list for long-term tenants.