Along with its neighbor Hopeville, Ashton was home to several United States Armed Forces nuclear missile bases and silos. In 2077, along with the rest of the world, it burned in nuclear fire. Although the Ashton area was a major part of the ballistic defense matrix, the missiles raining down on the city must have caught the soldiers there by surprise, as the ICBMs never left their silos.
Close to two centuries later, a small survivalist community emerged near the ruins of Ashton and Hopeville. Though small at first, a single courier was willing to travel the hard road to and from the community. Named the Divide, it was a community of hardy folk, building a new future using the Old World as foundation. It was a new nation, slowly stirring to life, forging new ideals to apply to the new world they were placed in.
The community was located along a road that served as a connection to the Mojave Wasteland, and the New California Republic began to traverse it, establishing a new supply line to the region and to the Hoover Dam. This drew the attention of Caesar's Legion, which attempted to cut the new connection.
Any skirmishes did not destroy the settlement, however. It was the work of the courier who, returning to the Divide again, carried a package from Navarro by order of the NCR. This package contained the activated ICBM launch codes,[Non-canon 1] and when the package was close enough, it sent a signal to the dormant nuclear missiles, causing them to begin detonating one after another, splitting the earth, cracking and twisting the landscape, and causing massive earthquakes. This turned Ashton into what it is now.
Ashton is now a wreck of the skeletons of buildings and camps of marked men who have survived the brutality of the Divide. Many ruined elevated highways have collapsed and numerous cars litter the area.
Ashton appears in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Lonesome Road.
Behind the scenes
Ashton is located in the same geographical area as the real world Ashton, Nevada, a ghost town in the Amargosa Valley of Nye County, Nevada.
- Ulysses: "Never would have known the Divide had it not been for you. "
- The Courier: "This road leads nowhere. There's nothing in the Divide."
Ulysses: "Many in the Mojave think the Divide's nothing but canyon and storm. always. And if your eyes try to make sense of it when you reach it... "
The Courier: "If you blame me for what happened here at the Divide - why do you care?"
Ulysses: " The Divide, its buildings, its people, were built around those same markings, surrounded them here... ...markings like the flag on my back. When I your road to the Divide those years ago, I saw the symbol I wore all around me. An Old World symbol. Strong, to survive here - its people, strong. Caesar was right to want it dead. NCR was right to want to rake their claws in it. Seeing it... changed me, just as seeing Hoover Dam changed Caesar and the NCR. "
- The Courier: "So you believed in this place. What it once was."
Ulysses: " Not the America of old. But something larger than the tribes of the East, something larger than the houses of the West. Something better. The Divide... could have bridged both, like Hoover Dam. "
- The Courier: "[Legion] The Legion would want to cut this road off if it had been a supply line to Hoover Dam."
Ulysses: " "
- The Courier: "[NCR] NCR would have needed this supply line open to reinforce the Mojave - and Hoover Dam."
Ulysses: " "
- The Courier: "What happened here?"
Ulysses: "You delivered a package. Had markings that matched those in the Divide. Not all... but enough. Military markings, from some place the Bear had savaged in the West. "