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Elko in Elko County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Oil From Shale

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 21, 2014
1. Oil From Shale Marker
Inscription. Directly south of this point and across the valley floor are the remains of a short-lived extraction plant, which reached the peak of its productive capacity in the early twenties. Driving of the main shaft began in 1916. Of several tries at extracting oil from shale, this was the only successful operation in Nevada.

Robert M. Catlin, Sr. spent many years experimenting on the extraction of crude oil from these beds before beginning the commercial production of oil. After a production period of less than two years, the plant was closed in the fall of 1924. Hi-power Catlin Oil was too expensive to compete with the fossil oils of that day.

Easily 50 years ahead of his time. Catlin did, for a few years give Elkoans and Nevadans, a dream and the community an oil boom in the Roaring Twenties.
 
Erected by Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology, Northeastern Nevada Historical Society. (Marker Number 229.)
 
Location. 40° 49.529′ N, 115° 46.8′ W. Marker is in Elko, Nevada, in Elko County. Marker is on West Idaho Street (Nevada Route 535) near Hot Springs Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1343 West Idaho Street, Elko NV 89802, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Oil From Shale Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 21, 2014
2. Oil From Shale Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elko Airport (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Star Hotel (approx. 0.9 miles away); Elko Independent (approx. one mile away); Pioneer Saloon and Hotel (approx. one mile away); Elko County High School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Artzaina Zain (approx. 1.4 miles away); Sherman Station (approx. 1.7 miles away); Elko (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elko.
 
More about this marker. This marker is across from the Elko Airport.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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