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Nevada Northern Railway Museum

1100 Avenue A

Ely was named in honor of Smith Ely, president of the Selby Copper Mining & Smelting Co.; which was founded on the site of the present Ely's City Hall in 1878. By 1902 extensive copper deposits were found in the area. Mark Requa, son of a wealthy Comstock silver magnate, owned the Eureka & Palisade Railroad, a narrow gauge in Eureka. Requa was interested in bolstering the sagging economy of the E&P and explored the local copper properties at Ely. He organized the White Pine Copper Company - constructing a route that would require 140 miles of track construction. In 1904 White Pine Copper Co. merged into other mining properties and organized as the Nevada Consolidated Copper Co. ( NCCCo)


Simon Han

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
Really grateful to see this part of history being preserved. Being able to walk in a train shop and see all the tools that are used to maintain these historical but still functioning engines was super eye opening to me as a millennial. So glad I stopped by this museum. I would highly recommend this place to those who are into the history of the old west and the mining culture.

Frederick Hammel

Sunday, July 15, 2018
I am not a train buff by any means, but the museum is worth visiting. I have been there many times over the years. It is worth getting tickets for a train ride, you get to see some nice scenery and it is fun. The museum of the train offices is very well taken care of and the walk through tour reading about each room is very informative of how the mines and the train station were operated. The offices were left the way they were the day they closed because they thought it would be opened again. Also a really neat part of the tour is they allow you to tour the shop where the trains are worked on. You get to see the locomotives, and all of the tools required to keep trains maintained. They also have a Frontier Town that is a lot of fun to walk through. It is just a short drive from the station. They have houses set up from the different groups of people that moved here, like the Greek house, the Chinese house, etc.... All in all a fun way to spend the day.

C. Hutney

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Definitely worth doing! Friendly, knowledgeable staff and both the ride and museum were great. Our guide through the working shops was only 15 years old and impressed us all with his extensive knowledge of each train, the process of maintaining the trains, etc. We all learned a lot. A special shout out to Dirt for the nice, warm welcome.

Kaaren Arndt

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
We love going to Ely and riding the train. We try to go several times a year. We are active members and enjoy seeing the improvements being made. It's a nice drive from Vegas and a fun weekend trip.

Andrew Hooper

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
Such a great stop! The outdoor, open-top train car was the best! My wife had to drag me kicking and screaming back to the car because I wanted to go on the train ride again ;) A word of advice: make sure you go on the STEAM-powered locomotive (as opposed to the diesel engine locomotive). I guess the steam engine only runs on certain days.

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