Growth and Industry
By late 1916, Elko had grown to the point of wanting self governance instead of being under the leadership of Elko County Commissioners. The City of Elko was incorporated in 1917. A mayor, J.A. McBride, and city council were elected and took office May 1, 1917. To this day, a city council and mayor form of government operates the city and establishes city laws and policies.
Leather craftsman G.S. Garcia came to Elko in 1896 and established a world-class saddle shop. He won a gold medal at the St. Louis World's Fair for his
Ranching has been an important part
of Elko since the town's beginning.
Since Gold Rush times, cattlemen knew
of the thick grasses in the mountain
pastures. A drought in California in ,
the early 1870s forced many ranchers
eastward over the Sierras and into the
Great Basin and Elko County. Successful
cattlemen such as Dan Murphy, John
Sparks, Pedro and Bernardo Altube,
George Russell, “Broadhorns” Bradley, Bill
Moffat and others bought or homesteaded
large tracts of land and established the
cattle industry in Elko County. Elko,
centrally located on the railroad, became
the center for all a cattleman's needs
as well as a shipping point to markets.
Today, the ranching industry contributes
great economic value to the region.
Location. 40° 50.013′ N, 115° 45.633′ W. Marker is in Elko, Nevada, in Elko County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Street and 7th Street, on the right when traveling north on Railroad Street. Located in Elko Railroad Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Railroad Street, Elko NV 89801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Inhabitants (here, next to this marker); Education (here, next to this marker); The Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Entertainment (within shouting distance of this marker); Missouri Flats (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Saloon and Hotel (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elko County High School (about 700 feet away); Elko Independent (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elko.
More about this marker. 7th Street, between Commercial & Railroad Streets, was closed off to combine the two portions of the park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.