The idea for the project came from Mark Chilton, who had extensive experience as a railroad engineer with the Western Pacific Railroad and knew the engineering staff and management with the Southern Pacific Railroad.
“Project Lifesaver” eliminated at least 16 railroad crossings through Elko by relocating 5.4 miles of tracks from between Commercial and Railroad Streets to just north of the Humboldt River, outside the downtown corridor. The project stopped all train-vehicle and train-pedestrian
Before the tracks were relocated, it was not unheard of to wait an hour or more for one of the fifty daily trains to pass through town. Emergency vehicles were often stuck on one side or the other of a stopped train while trying to get to a patient on the south side of town or trying to get a patient to the hospital, which was located at College Ave. and 12th Street. A very common sound was hearing the train whistles blow and rail cars crashing into each other as the trains started and stopped.
Mark Chilton along with the “Project
Lifesaver” Steering Committee which
included Dutch Stenovitch (City of Elko
Mayor), Ira Rackley, John Aguirre, Walter
Aldrich Jr., Fred Faupel, Robert Higley,
John Miller, George and Theo Gund, John
Biegler, Barbara Errecart, Bill Nisbet, Mel
Stenniger, Ray Gardner, Randy Mathis, Dan
Bilbao Jr., Jerry Warren, Chick Handwright,
Ralph Paoli, Jack Hull, John Tewell, Nick
Halton, Terry Reynolds, Chet Bate, Lorne
Pratt, Chub Smales, Jack Sutherland, Bill
McKinley, and Dr. Tom Hood worked
tirelessly for 10 years to see this project
Erected 2017 by the City of Elko.
Location. 40° 50.001′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Entertainment (a few steps from this marker); Missouri Flats (a few steps from this marker); Education (within shouting distance of this marker); Growth and Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Inhabitants (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Saloon and Hotel (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elko County High School (approx. 0.2 miles 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 15, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.