From the official town website:
Located on the world’s only Extraterrestrial Highway
Population: Humans 98, Aliens ??
The town of Rachel is located in Sand Spring Valley, in the southern Nevada high desert, along the world’s only Extraterrestrial Highway, aka. Hwy 375. It is located about 115 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
In its heyday Rachel had over 500 residents, today the population is down to less than 100. Most of the people living in Rachel are retired, work at the alfalfa farms or in one of the three local businesses. A few people work at the Tonopah Test Range (TTR) or in Area 51, but of course those who really do can not talk about it.
The only remaining local businesses in Rachel is the Little A’Le’Inn Restaurant and Bar. There is a public phone outside the Little A’Le’Inn, but you need a calling card to use it.
In August 2002 Rachel got its own Fire Truck, as the result of an initiative by some of the residents.
Ever since the late 1980’s Rachel has been a popular destination among UFO fans, attracted by the nearby Area 51, and by hundreds of UFO sightings in the area. Rachel has been dubbed the “UFO Capital of the World”, and people from all around the world come to visit Rachel and the Little A’Le’Inn, and to get information to plan their personal expedition to that mysterious base in the desert.
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