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The unincorporated community of Rachel is situated in a remote location in Lincoln County, Nevada, where the closest sign of civilization is Nellis Air Force Range and Area 51, known for UFO intrigue. A series of unpaved roads lead from Highway 375, near Rachel, to the boundaries of Area 51. Founded in 1973, the town was known as Tempiute Village and Sand Springs before being renamed Rachel in 1977, for Rachel Jones, the first baby born in the community. Unfortunately, Rachel Jones died in 1980. The town’s population was initially fueled by a local tungsten mine owned by Union Carbide, and it has been declining since the closure of the mine in 1988. The town has been the site of several television shows and movies, having a UFO theme, including Independence Day, some scenes of which were filmed in Rachel.



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