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  • Elko Correspondence – May 2017
  • Elko Correspondence – May 2017

                                                  Fresh Fare Bistro’s grass fed New York steak, farm fresh eggs and organic potatoes

    Edible Elko 

    The Fresh Fare Bistro has been open for a few months, and I finally tried it out, twice, during the past week. I am glad I did. Their menu is centered around providing healthy meals prepared with organic and sustainable products including organic veggies, grass-fed beef and free range chicken. For dinner I had the vegetable stuffed chicken breast, and for breakfast I had the salmon eggs Benedict. Both were very good! Combine that with friendly wait staff and a comfortable feel, and you have a restaurant worth checking out — at 780 West Silver Street. You can also check out their Facebook page, which includes a full menu. P.S. They also have a good beer selection on tap, and you can get growlers to go!

    Just Desserts

    The Elko Public Library’s signature fundraiser, “Just Desserts,” is coming up on Saturday May 6th from 5:30 until 8 pm. This 21-and-over event is always fun for locals and visitors alike. They serve trays of delicious desserts, wine, cheese, and other drinks. Live music, a silent auction, and a raffle round out the evening.

                                                                          The big Buddhist prayer wheel in Elko’s Peace Park

    Elko’s Peace Park

    The warm days of Spring are a perfect time to enjoy one of Elko’s many city parks. This past Sunday, I stopped at the Peace Park for a short break. Unlike Elko’s other parks, the Peace Park is a quiet space for unwinding and reflection. You can walk the labyrinth, spin the prayer wheel, or walk the nature trail along the creek. The park is located at the corner of Ruby Vista Drive and College Parkway.

                                                                                    The Free Little Library, Lamoille Branch

    No Library Card Needed

    Looking for a book to read, but the library is closed? No worries, Elko has a Free Little Library. Located at the corner of 1st and Court Streets this free lending library is open 24/7. Lamoille also has a Free Little Library across from the Post Office. As the name implies, the selection is small, but with lots of variety to keep you coming back.

    — 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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