Known as the biggest little city in northeastern Nevada, Elko has plenty to offer visitors to travel to this area. The Barrick Goldstrike Mines at 790 Commercial Street will give visitors a fantastic view of the Barrick Goldstrike Mine. This mine is one of the world's leading gold producers and offers daily tours of their mines from May - August. During your four hour visit you'll visit the assay lab and Mill as well as other mining operations. From April through October, on the second Tuesday of the month,the Newmont Gold Company offers public tours also. The tours being at the Northeastern Nevada Museum on Idaho Street where visitors will first see a video on the Newmont Gold Company. After the video, visitors will be transported on a company but to the mine where they will see the pit, dump leach and the milling facilities.
When you return from the guided tour by the Newmont Gold Company, why not spend some more time and check out the Northeastern Nevada Museum. This award-winning museum, built in 1967 gives visitors to the area a look at the rich history of the region. One of the newest displays is the American Mastodon which features rare mastodon fossils that were found in nearby Spring Creek. This display also includes a mural of Spring Creek depicting what it may have looked like 2 million years ago. You'll also see a replica of the dig site where the mastodon bones were located. The museum has many more exhibits for visitors to browse through. There is a western saddle exhibit, a school room and commercial printing press room, a 1900s kitchen, and a Basque exhibit. Visitors to the museum can also enjoy the collection of Shoshone baskets and Paiute beadwork, as well as displays that exhibit ranching, mining and railroad. The Wanamaker Wing is a new gallery of the museum that features an extensive western art gallery and wildlife collection.
The Western Folklife Center at 501 Railroad Street has a number of exhibits and special attractions showing the western lifestyle and cowboy life. Once a year the Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a cowboy cultural event that features authentic music stories, crafted gear, dance and poetry.
Another place for visitors of Elko to stop by is the Sherman Station at 14th and Idaho. The Sherman Station includes the outbuildings and main ranch house of the Walther homestead. The homestead, consisting of 600 acres in 1875, serve as a stage stop on the old Hill Beachey toll road between Hamilton and Elko. Buildings included at Sherman Station include the main ranch house, creamery, blacksmith's shop,a one-room school house and the barns that housed the stage coaches and teams.
Stop by the Elko Railroad Park at 7th and Commercial Streets and maybe you'll catch a summer storytelling session, or musical festival. The park is only one way of displaying how Elko played a role in the rail history of the United States.
Visitors to Elko will find plenty to do with the number of shops, historical
sites, community activities and dining facilities that are available in this
little but big at heart community.
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