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Historical Markers in Elko, Nevada

Clickable Map of Elko County, Nevada and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Elko County, NV (59) Eureka County, NV (21) Humboldt County, NV (29) Lander County, NV (23) White Pine County, NV (27) Cassia County, ID (38) Owyhee County, ID (14) Twin Falls County, ID (41) Box Elder County, UT (82) Tooele County, UT (47)  ElkoCounty(59) Elko County (59)  EurekaCounty(21) Eureka County (21)  HumboldtCounty(29) Humboldt County (29)  LanderCounty(23) Lander County (23)  WhitePineCounty(27) White Pine County (27)  CassiaCountyIdaho(38) Cassia County (38)  OwyheeCounty(14) Owyhee County (14)  TwinFallsCounty(41) Twin Falls County (41)  BoxElderCountyUtah(82) Box Elder County (82)  TooeleCounty(47) Tooele County (47)
Elko is the county seat for Elko County
Elko is in Elko County
      Elko County (59)  
      Eureka County (21)  
      Humboldt County (29)  
      Lander County (23)  
      White Pine County (27)  
      Cassia County, Idaho (38)  
      Owyhee County, Idaho (14)  
      Twin Falls County, Idaho (41)  
      Box Elder County, Utah (82)  
      Tooele County, Utah (47)  
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1 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — About Your Journey ...
Whichever direction your travels take you, you're going to have a similar experience to what the California-bound emigrants had. You're going to see the same country, except for the towns and the ranch meadows. The big difference, though, is that . . . Map (db m67507) HM
2 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — About Your Journey...
Whichever direction your travels take you, you're going to have a similar experience to what the California-bound emigrants had. You're going to see the same country, except for the towns and the ranch meadows. The big difference, though, is that . . . Map (db m146802) HM
3 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Artzaina ZainThe Watchful Shepherd
Preserving our Basque Heritage Euzkaldunak Elko Basque Club Lowell Swenseid, Artist 2000 A.D. Map (db m1344) HM
4 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — C-38 — California Trail - Greenhorn Cutoff
About two miles southwest of this marker, the Greenhorn Cutoff ascended and wound through the hills for about twelve miles to avoid river crossings in Carlin Canyon.Map (db m70353) HM
5 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Early Inhabitants
Northern Nevada has been inhabited for nearly 10,000 years. The Newe or Western Bands of the Western Shoshone Nation called this area home. The Newe had seasonal campsites throughout northern Nevada. During the spring, they dispersed from the . . . Map (db m142657) HM
6 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Education
Elkoans have always made education a priority. Higher education came to Elko with the establishment of the University of Nevada in 1874 at Ninth and College. The University was moved to Reno in 1885 as citizens of western Nevada complained, . . . Map (db m142662) HM
7 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — 106 — Elko
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 . . . Map (db m1372) HM
8 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — 107 — Elko AirportTerminus of the First Commercial Air Mail Route
On April 6, 1926, Varney Air Lines pilot Leon Cuddeback, carrying one bag of mail, landed his tiny Curtis Swallow bi-plane at Elko, Nevada, completing the first scheduled air mail run in the United States. The single engine, 90-horsepower . . . Map (db m1371) HM
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9 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Elko County High School
In 1895, Nevada established the County High School Act. Built in 1896, this was the first school building in Nevada to be constructed under this act. The structure served as the Elko County Library from 1917 to 1974, when the county offices located . . . Map (db m1345) HM
10 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Elko Independent
Approximately 200 feet east of this site is the early location of Elko's first newspaper. Founded June 19, 1869 by former miner Edward Davison Kelly, when Elko was just six months old. The Independent has been in continuous publication ever since.Map (db m89505) HM
11 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Entertainment
There were all sorts of games and vices in progress and only two men were killed the day I arrived,” reported a newcomer to Elko in 1869. Legend has it, in the early days of Elko, it was a rough and tumble cowboy town. There were . . . Map (db m142678) HM
12 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — 47 — Fort Halleck Site1867 - 1886
Established as Camp Halleck by Captain S.P. Smith, July 26, 1867, to protect the California Emigrant Tail and construction work on the Central Pacific Railroad. The camp was named for Major General Henry Wager Halleck, at that time commander, . . . Map (db m67526) HM
13 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — From Covered Wagon to Freeway Travel
Centuries of water runoff from mountain peaks cut channels through Nevada's mountain formations and deserts, creating river corridors that support a variety of wildlife and plants. One such river is the Humboldt, which flows across most of northern . . . Map (db m146801) HM
14 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Growth and Industry
Elko was named county seat when Elko County was formed March 5, 1869. The creation of a new county, carved out of neighboring counties, was necessary to handle the fast-growing mining communities in northeastern Nevada. A brick courthouse was . . . Map (db m142660) HM
15 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Hoppe-Lienhard Wagon Group
This site is approximately 2½ miles from the Humboldt wagon trail. Hoppe-Lienhard traveled west with the Harlan-Young wagon train in 1847 to Fort Sutter. History reveals this party was part of the group which was responsible for the California . . . Map (db m67461) HM
16 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Marking TimeSometimes time stands still !
California Trail ruts and swales wind across Northern Nevada some touched only by the forces of nature since they were made by emigrant wagon trains on their way west in the mid 1800s. Many of these irreplaceable historic trail segments lie on . . . Map (db m67505) HM
17 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Missouri Flats1865 - 1872
During the 1800's this site was used as a bivouack-camp area for the "Sagebrush Clippers." These wagons served the mining districts of the area almost exclusively. The name of this colorful area was derived from the Missouri Mule, a cousin of the . . . Map (db m105208) HM
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18 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — 229 — Oil From Shale
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 . . . Map (db m76742) HM
19 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Pioneer Saloon and Hotel
One of Elko's oldest saloons first opened in a tent in December of 1868 at this location. The building was completed in 1913 costing $50,000. The saloon featured tiled floors, metal ceiling, mahogany furniture and a mirrored back bar. With the upper . . . Map (db m89424) HM
20 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Ruby Valley Pony Express Station
The Pony Express was the first attempt to have fast mail service to California. This was done through the personal drive and bravery of very young men who were responsible for bringing the mail and other “Deliverables” to the western . . . Map (db m146800) HM
21 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — 108 — Ruby Valley Pony Express Station
(Reconstructed) The original location—60 miles south. April 1860 - October 1861.Map (db m1523) HM
22 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Sesquicentennial Sagebrush Sculpture & Time Capsule
Right in the Heart of the Golden West, Home means Nevada to Me. Nevada State Song About the Sculpture The Sculpture symbolizes the past, present, and the future of Nevada. The passage of time, growth, and history of the state are . . . Map (db m146799) HM
23 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — Sherman Station
Constructed on Sherman Creek in Huntington Valley, 60 miles south of Elko, by rancher Valentine Walther. It took Walther, family and friends seven years to complete and was finished in 1903. The house served as a home, post office, stage stop and . . . Map (db m1431) HM
24 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — The California Emigrant Trail Interpretive Center
You are at the entrance to The National California Emigrant Trail Interpretive Center. The purpose of the center is to gather and display historical knowledge about the emigrants who made the trek to California in the 1840s, 1850s, and 1860s. . . . Map (db m67509) HM
25 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — The End of the Hastings Cutoff
Across the valley you can see the canyon of the South Fork River, a major tributary to the Humboldt River. This portal is also the western end of the infamous Hastings Cutoff, which rejoined the main California Trail not far from the California . . . Map (db m67506) HM
26 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — The Humboldt River Highway
The California Emigrant Trail extended approximately 2,000 miles from the Missouri River to California. Today you are standing on a segment of the trail that followed the Humboldt River for about 280 miles across northern Nevada. It was the only . . . Map (db m67508) HM
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27 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — The Railroad
Elko was established by the Central Pacific Railroad in late December 1868 with the tracks running through the middle of Elko. In 1908, the Western Pacific railroad was constructed with the tracks located in the middle of Silver Street. . . . Map (db m142674) HM
28 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — The Star Hotel"Ongi Etorri"
Basque immigrant, Peter Juaregui had a dream to open a hotel and bar to provide his fellow countrymen with a familiar place to gather, share news of the old country and to live during the off season from their ranching jobs. On December . . . Map (db m89425) HM
29 Nevada, Elko County, Elko — 3 — West End of Hastings Cutoff
     Across the Humboldt Valley southward from this point a deeply incised canyon is seen opening into the valley. Through that canyon along the South Fork of the Humboldt ran the disaster-laden route called the Hastings Cutoff. It joined the . . . Map (db m67460) HM
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Jul. 23, 2024