Click for Elko Nevada Forecast

Book Your Room With Us
CPRR at Elko Nevada 1869Established in 1869 as a railroad-promoted townsite and railhead for the White Pine mines, Elko has served for generations as the provincial capital of an enormous cattle ranching empire embracing parts of four states. In 1907 the Western Pacific Railroad extend its rails to Elko, and mining activity revived in half a dozen camps that relied on Elko for freight and services.

The price of beef went from three-and-a-half to eight cents a pound, and wool from four to 60 cents a pound. Bonanza! In ten years Elko's population had nudged up toward 3,000.

 

Prosperity continued until the devastating one-two of the failure of the Wingfield banking chain and
the national Depression which followed immediately after. Caught in the machinery activated to sort out the bank failure and bled by the decline in livestock prices, many of the ranches around Elko were foreclosed. In 1931, the beef and wool economies in chaos, gambling was made legal by the state legislature.

 

Commercial Hotel Elko NevadaElko, like towns everywhere in Nevada, had a new industry, and unlike most, it had an entrepreneur to make the most of it. Newton Crumley had operated saloons and hotels in Tonopah, Goldfield, and Jarbidge before he settled in Elko in 1925 and bought the Commercial Hotel. He and his son, Newton Jr., operated the hotel with an eye toward Bing Crosby, honorary mayor of Elko Nevadathe future. By 1937 they had added a two-hundred-seat cocktail lounge to the Commercial, and in 1941 they hired Ted Lewis, the "High-Hatted Tragedian of Jazz", his orchestra, and his 21-person Rhythm Rhapsody Review for an eight-day engagement. After Lewis came Sophie Tucker, then Skinnay Ennis and his band. For drowsy little Elko, more than 250 miles from the nearest radio station, the situation was stunning. Even more impressive was the effect on automobile traffic along U.S. 40: few travelers passed through Elko without a detour into the Commercial.

Follow our Friends on Facebook

Ranchinn Motel, Elko NevadaIn 1946 the Crumleys began "remodeling" a ten-foot wide root beer stand into the sixty-eight room Ranch Inn Motel-Casino (at that materials-hungry time after WWII,
new construction was prohibited but remodeling was permitted).

 

With ranching restored to prosperity, with gambling and big-name entertainment adding a cosmopolitan flavor, and with newcoming ranchers like Bing Crosby, Joel McRae, and Jimmy Stewart providing glamor and sophistication, Elko entered a golden age at the end of the 1940s.

 

You still see lots of broad-brimmed hats here. Elko is a western city, and it wears its history in plain sight — but it's unmistakably modern too, with big box stores on the outskirts and lattes everywhere.

 

In the hills around Elko NevadaA visitor's best first stop is at Sherman Station, an enormous log house brought into town from its original location in a faraway valley. It serves now as
Elko's Visitor Center where you can get current local information of all kinds. The best of Elko's restaurants would be at home in any big city, and lodgings for travelers are plentiful.

 

Elko is at the center of a magnificent natural wonderland. The Ruby Mountains press up against the southern sky like Alps, and the country around Elko offers countless opportunities for hunting, fishing and hiking, and ATV trails are plentiful. There's cross-country and even heli-skiing in winter. It's almost impossible to avoid having a good time in Elko.

Events

Featured Event:

Upcoming Events

Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival – Elko, NV

Come to Elko Nevada for the annual Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival! 27 balloons will be launching from the soccer fields of the Sports Complex in Spring Creek at about 7 am on both Saturday and Sunday. The Boy Scouts will be serving a pancake breakfast and Las Brisas will be there both mornings! Chip Stone […]

Find out more »
Main City Park, Main City Park
Elko, NV 89801
+ Google Map

Click Here for the full Elko Nevada Events Calendar


Things to do | Places to go

Elko Nevada Attractions:
California Trail Interpretive Center, Elko Nevada

California Trail Interpretive Center

  Congressional legislation established the California Trail Interpretive Center “…to facilitate the interpretation of the history of development and use of trails in settling the western portion of the United States…” We have dioramas and interactive exhibits that immerse the visitor in the trail experience. We feature costumed interpretation and demonstrations of daily life for […]

0 comments
Northeastern Nevada Museum, Elko Nevada

Northeastern Nevada Museum

This exceptional museum offers visitors a look into the rich history of northeastern Nevada. It features a large collection of firearms, over 40 exhibit displays on the history of the area, animal habitat dioramas, and much more! Rare fossils from an American Mastodon are displayed in a replica dig site, and there are several exhibits […]

0 comments

Western Folklife Center

The Western Folklife Center is a regional nonprofit organization based here in Elko, producing programs based on original fieldwork and research among diverse groups of people around the West. We use this information to create exhibits, films, radio programs, recordings and other public presentations. These materials also become a documentary record that is preserved in […]

0 comments
The Nevada Travel Network