Long time residents liken their place to "a modern ghost town."
The present day is amply represented by the 24-hour Say When Casino, two motels, and bars like the Desert Inn and the Orovada.
The old McDermitt Jail can be opened up and people are allowed inside for pictures. We promise that if we put you in jail... we will let you out.
Located on U.S. 95, at the tip of the Silver State and very near the confluence of Nevada, Oregon and Idaho, this pleasant little town always has been an outpost. Born as a cavalry station
during a time of turmoil between settlers and Native Americans, the town was named for Colonel McDermitt, the commander of the fort, who lost his life in a scuffle with the indigenous residents.
Both the town and the nearby reservation bear McDermitt's name, and the place is an amalgam of both Indian culture and cowboy history. It is appropriate, then, that McDermitt's biggest annual events are the Indian Rodeo in June, and the Ranch Hand Rodeo, known as the Twin States Stampede, in July. The Twin States Stampede has been held annually for over 100 years. Making it the longest running rodeo in the state of Nevada. After the rodeo street events are held... sack races, egg races, tug of war, etc. Everyone can participate. Night time fun is the street dance held until early morning hours. For Rodeo information call Darlene Albisu at 775-532-8240 or for general information call Sheree Tibbals at 775-623-2220.
The rest of the time, though, McDermitt - which straddles the Nevada-Oregon border - enjoys a peaceful serenity punctuated by quiet events at the McDermitt Community Hall. And that's the way the small population likes it.
Like most Cowboy Country towns, the still-unincorporated McDermitt enjoyed its share of mining success. Gold, silver and mercury all have been pulled from its soil, but ranching has always been its mainstay, and sprawling cattle operations
abound in the vicinity. During prohibition, locals say, the town did a thriving business supplying the local home-brew to thirsty Idahoans.
McDermitt is friendly, and steeped in community, a tiny jewel on the very top of Cowboy Country's crown.
The people of McDermitt are proud of their community hall which is available for reasonable rent to host your events. The Community Hall has been used for small business meetings, conventions and family reunions. Complete kitchen, nice restrooms and room for a hundred or more people.
The old McDermitt Jail was built in 1890 and is shown by appointment and people are allowed inside for pictures. We promise that if we put you in jail... we will let you out.
The past is all around, particularly on the nearby reservation, where one original Fort McDermitt building survives,
and still is used for occasional get togethers.