Orovada’s significance is geologic–Sawtooth Mountain. The first time we stopped drove this way we found a delightful little crafts-and-second-hand store featuring hand saws with paintings of Sawtooth Mountain, and the usual assortment of pioneer bonneted dolls and crocheted pot holders. That building has long been boarded up. The 2010 census counted 155.
When we approach from the north, Sawtooth is quite startling as it stands out from the predominantly worn-down and rounded range of hills. Those to the south are more rugged, but not like Sawtooth.
Somewhere we “learned” that the town of Orovada was thought to be established on the Oregon-Nevada border, but more accurate surveys placed it firmly in Nevada and the name Oregon+Nevada stuck. It’s a good idea to check “facts.” According to e-Podunk.com, the name is Oro, Spanish for “gold,” plus Nevada. That certainly explains the spelling.