“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Carlin in Elko County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Palisade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 29, 2014
1. Palisade Marker
Inscription. Located in the tank-like depths of Palisade (12-mile) Canyon, Palisade first named Palisades - surveyed and laid out by the Central Pacific Railroad in February, 1870. During the 1870's it rivaled Elko and Carlin as a departure point on the C.P. for wagon, freight and stage lines to Mineral Hill, Eureka and Hamilton.

In October, 1875, with completion of Eureka and Palisade Railroad, Palisade became the northern terminus and operating headquarters for the little ninety-mile narrow gage line stretching southward to Eureka between 1875 and 1930. The town was the principal transfer and shipping point on the Central Pacific (Southern Pacific), and on the Western Pacific Railroad after its 1919 completion.

At its peak, the town boasted a population of 300. It was a self-contained community and railroading was its business. There were passenger and freight station, and sidings on both the Southern Pacific and Western Pacific Railroads, and a large ore transfer dock between the narrow gage and standard gage lines. All Eureka and Palisade (Eureka Nevada after 1912) headquarters facilites were situated here.

After the little narrow gage line ran its last train in September, 1936, Palisade went into a long decline. The post office was finally closed in 1962.
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Palisade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 29, 2014
2. Palisade Marker
Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology & Northeastern Nevada Historical Society. (Marker Number 65.)
Location. 40° 36.065′ N, 116° 10.704′ W. Marker is in Carlin, Nevada, in Elko County. Marker is at the intersection of Nevada Route 278 and Palisade Ranch Road, on the left when traveling south on State Route 278. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlin NV 89822, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. California Trail — Hot Springs (approx. 7.3 miles away); Leaving the River, Climbing the Hill (approx. 7.3 miles away); Carlin (approx. 8.2 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is approximately 10 miles south of Carlin on Nevada Highway 278.
Also see . . .  Palisade, Nevada. Palisade was the site of an elaborate hoax during the early 1870s, probably to boost tourism. Whenever a train arrived, the residents were said to stage rampant gunfights and bank robberies. Nobody was privy to knowledge of the hoax except the residents, and the showmanship died off after several years. In reality, crime in Palisade was low and the town did not even have a sheriff. (Submitted on March 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Palisade City image. Click for full size.
By J.J. Reilly, circa 1870s
3. Palisade City
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
Palisade Canyon image. Click for full size.
By J.J. Reilly, 1870s
4. Palisade Canyon
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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