Elko County

Elko County, Nevada
Elko County Nevada

Elko County, Nevada is located in the north east corner of the great state of Nevada and rich in history and landmarks. The county was formed in 1869 when the territory was spun off from the adjacent Landers County and named for the county seat of Elko. The county is the fourth-largest county by area in the contiguous United States. It is one of only ten counties in the United States with an area of more than 10,000 square miles of land.

Originally, the land was long inhabited by Native American tribes of the Plateau, including the Western Shoshone, Northern Paiute, and Bannock peoples. The tribes lives and livelihood were disrupted with the influx of the European-American settlers. The two cultures clashed and competed for resources, food and land.

The county saw an influx of people come from the east in waves. Fur Trappers first arrived in the area as early as 1826. Prospectors bound for California passed through the land in 1848 on emigrant caravans across the land to the Golden State.

Following the 1848 migration, Mormon Settles established homesteads and farms in the area starting in the 1860’s. Prospectors and miners arrived in the area about 1867. In 1868 the transcontinental Central Pacific Railroad was run through the land.

Elko County, Nevada is home to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest  and the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Elko County Ghost Towns

Dinner Station, Elko County, Nevada

Dinner Station Nevada – Elko County Stage Stop

Dinner Station, Elko County, Nevada Dinner Station is a ghost town and stage station located in Elko County, Nevada. The station started with a wood…

Metropolis Nevada – Elko County Ghost Town

Metropolis Nevada is a ghost town about 14 miles north west of Wells, Nevada and located in Elko County Nevada. The town was the brainchild…
Midas, 1908 - Stanley W. Parmer, Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, (1970), Howell North,

Midas Nevada – Elko County Ghost Town

Midas is a populated location and gold mining town located in Elko County, Nevada. The town is located in a valley along the Midas Creek…

Nevada State Historical Markers

Nevada State Historical Markers identify significant places of interest in Nevada’s history. The Nevada State Legislature started the program in 1967 to bring the state’s heritage to the public’s attention with on-site markers. Budget cuts the program became dormant in 2009.
Dinner Station, Elko County, Nevada

Dinner Station

Dinner Station Nevada is Nevada State Historical Marker number two hundred and forty four and is located in Elko County, Nevada. Dinner Station, Elko County,…

Fort Halleck Military Reservation – Nevada State Historic Marker 47

Fort Halleck Military Reservation is nestled in the remote northeastern corner of Nevada in Elko County, and stands as a testament to the turbulent history…
Jackson Lee "Diamondfield Jack" Davis (12 Aug 1863–2 Jan 1949)

Jackson Lee Davis “Diamondfield Jack”

Jackson Lee "Diamondfield Jack" Davis who was pardoned for murder in Idaho and moved to Nevada where he founded several mining camps. Davis was a…
Jarbidge Community Hall, Jarbidge, Elko county, Nevada

Jarbidge Community Hall – Nevada State Historic Marker 153

The Jarbidge Community Hall is a central gathering place for the residents of Jarbidge, Nevada. Built in 1939, the hall has served as a venue…
Jarbidge, Nevada

Jarbidge Nevada

Jawbidge, Nevada is a small town located in the northeastern part of the Nevada in Elko County. The discovery of gold and silver in the…
The Emigrants' Guide to Oregon and California, written by Lansford Hastings, and published in 1845

West End of Hastings Cutoff – Nevada State Historic Marker 3

The West End of Hastings Cutoff is Nevada State Historic Marker number 3 and located on Interstate 80 in Elko County, Nevada. Perhaps to most…