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


Elko Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 16, 2007
1. Elko Marker
Inscription. On December 29, 1868, representatives of the Central Pacific Railroad started laying out lots for the future town of Elko. By 1870, the thriving town had 5,000 people. There was an immense volume of freight and passenger traffic over the stageline roads north and south from the railhead at Elko to the mining area.

The University of Nevada was originally built in Elko in 1874 and remained here until 1885, at which time it was moved to Reno to its present location.

By the early 1870’s, Elko became the marketing and economic center for northeastern Nevada’s vast range livestock empire. In the 1870’s and 1880’s, great ranching principalities were built on Elko County’s vast rangelands. These ranches were ruled over, absolutely, by such powerful and colorful cattle kings as L.R. “Broadhorns” Bradley, Nevada’s second Governor and its first “cowboy” Governor; the French Garat family, Spanish Altubes, and John Sparks, Governor of Nevada in the early years of this century.

Elko remains the economic hub of Nevada’s greatest range area. At the same time, it has also become a recreation-tourism center in northeast Nevada.
Erected 1970 by State of Nevada. (Marker Number 106.)
Location. 40° 
Maker in the park image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 16, 2007
2. Maker in the park
50.482′ N, 115° 45.208′ W. Marker is in Elko, Nevada, in Elko County. Marker is on Idaho Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1513 Idaho Street, Elko NV 89801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ruby Valley Pony Express Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Sherman Station (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Artzaina Zain (approx. half a mile away); Missouri Flats (approx. 0.6 miles away); Elko County High School (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elko.
Also see . . .  New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made to the marker for grammar and readability. The marker has also been amended to state that Elko is home to the internationally-famous Cowboy Poetry Festival. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,263 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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