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  • Elko Correspondence – June 2017

    California Trail Days

    On June 3rd and 4th, come experience western history as the California Trail Interpretive Center will be hosts its Annual Trail Days event. This free event features demonstrations and talks, living displays of a Shoshone Indian camp, as well as an emigrant wagon train encampment. On Saturday night there will be a pioneer dance with live music by Southwind. Find out more at californiatrailcenter.org

    Camping in Lamoille Canyon

    With the nice Spring weather upon us, it is time for the first camping trip of the year. Thomas Canyon Campground, located along Lamoille Creek, is the perfect spot for a weekend campout. Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and bird watching opportunities are all available from the campground.

                                                                                          Thomas Canyon Campground

    You can also relax in the shade of the aspen trees with a good book and and unwind. Reservations are recommended to ensure your spot, but on many weekends you can likely arrive and find an open campsite. Phone (775) 752-3357 or visit the Thomas Canyon Campground webpage.

    A taste of Mexico

                                                                Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas from La Unica Market’s Snack Station

    La Unica Mexican Market is a nice change of pace from Elko’s chain grocery stores. The produce section alone is worth a visit, not to mention fresh baked bread and Mexican pastries from their bakery, tasty Mexican delicacies served at the Snack Station, and much, much more. Visit La Unica Mexican Market’s Facebook page or call (775) 777-1480.

    Second Saturday

    Enjoy a warm spring day with friends while shopping, sampling and strolling during the Margarita Walk. This walk is returning to Downtown Elko on June 10th. Join in the fun as businesses serve up margaritas and specials from 4-7pm, brought to you by the Elko Downtown Business Association. Find out more at www.facebook.com/ElkoDowntown/

    Doug Clarke

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    Founded as a railroad-promoted townsite in 1869 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. Despite the steady growth in size and importance of the livestock business in the valleys around Elko, however, the town's affairs did not brighten much until 1907. In that year 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. In ten years Elko's population had nudged up toward 3,000.


    CPRR reaches Elko 1869
    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
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    foreclosed. In 1931, the beef and wool economies in chaos, gambling was made legal by the state legislature. Elko, 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 the 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.

    In 1946 the Crumleys began "remodeling" a ten-foot wide root beer stand into the sixty-eight room Ranch Inn Motel-Casino (at that materials-short time after WWII, new construction was prohibited but remodeling was permitted). The Crumleys had the largest non-ranching payroll in Elko County after the railroads. With ranching restored to prosperity, with gambling and big-name entertainment adding a cosmopolitan flavor, and with newcoming ranchers like Crosby, Joel McRae, and Jimmy Stewart providing glamor and sophistication, Elko entered a golden age at the end of the 1940s.

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    A visitor's best first stop is at Sherman Station, an enormous log house brought to Idaho Street 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.

    You still see lots of broad-brimmed hats here. Elko is a western city, and it still wears its history out in plain sight; Capriola's Saddle Shop, Anacabe's Elko General Merchandise, and the Star Hotel are still going strong — but it's unmistakeably modern too, with Cucina Fresca around the corner on Idaho Street, big box stores on the outskirts and lattes everywhere.

    The magnificent Ruby Mountains press up against the southern sky like Alps, and the country around Elko offers outdoor adventure of every kind. There are countless opportunities for hunting, fishing and hiking, and ATV trails are plentiful. There's cross-country and even heli-skiing in winter. It's hard to avoid having a good time in Elko.


    from The Complete Nevada Traveler, by David W. Toll




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