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Rachel, as seen from Highway 375, looking northwest
Little A'Le'Inn Bar, Restaurant & Motel
Crashed "flying saucer" in tow at the Little A'Le'Inn, Rachel, Nevada.

Rachel is an unincorporated portion of Lincoln County, Nevada. As the closest habitation to the Nellis Air Force Range and Area 51, Rachel enjoys a modest celebrity, particularly among aviation enthusiasts and UFO hunters.

The town lies approximately three hours drive north of Las Vegas along Nevada Highway 375 (the "Extraterrestrial Highway"), which has an unofficial "speed limit" of Warp 7. The tiny town receives a modest number of visitors interested in the U.S. government's secret doings, to whom a small tourist shop, 3-room motel, and an alien-themed restaurant and bar, the Little A'Le'Inn are available.

Several unpaved roads near Rachel lead from Highway 375 across the terrain to the boundary of Area 51 [1].

Rachel's population generally hovers around 80 inhabitants, some involved in ranching. The town was originally established as a tungsten mining town, but the mines pulled out circa 1988. Most of the year-round inhabitants live in mobile homes.


Recent events

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. "[It] marked the official debut of a massive global re-image campaign that will contemporize 14,000-plus KFC restaurants in over 80 countries over the next few years."[1] Constructed in early November, it took six days on site to assemble its 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". Although the logo was removed in mid-2007, it is still visible on Google Earth.

The town 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 style game titled BlackSite: Area 51.

The producers of the movie Independence_Day_(film) gave the town a time capsule, which is installed near the inn.

In 2001, the Area 51 Research Center, one of two local businesses catering to Area 51 tourists, closed its doors for good. In late 2006, the local gas station and convenience store closed, along with the trailer park. Since then, the Little A'Le'Inn is the only remaining local business providing services to tourists. There is the occasional rumor of the mine re-opening or a new business opening in the area, but none of these plans have materialized so far.


The children are bussed to Alamo, Nevada for school.


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Coordinates: 37°38′48″N 115°44′43″W / 37.6467°N 115.7453°W / 37.6467; -115.7453

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