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nevada STATE RAILROAD MUSEUMS

East Ely Railroad Depot Museum A step into the East Ely Railroad Depot Museum is a step back in time. It is located within one of the nation’s most complete historic railroad yards. The East Ely Railroad Depot Museum is a lasting tribute to the area’s proud railroad and mining heritage. The

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museum experience focuses on the important role of the Nevada Northern Railway during a massive mining and

Walk through waiting rooms, baggage storage, and offices

East Ely Railroad Depot Museum

used by one of the nation’s most important railroads.

1100 Avenue A, Ely, Nevada 89301

The depot has been restored to its 1907 appearance,

Phone: (775) 289-1663

including original furniture and “state-of-the-art”

Fax: (775) 289-1664

office equipment such as a typewriter and an original

Admission fee charged

mimeograph machine.

Children 17 and under free • Museum members free

Researchers find the museum’s vast document collection

Call for current hours

a great help, which contains thousands of documents ranging from payroll ledgers to original right-of-way maps that represent the history of the Nevada Northern Railway.

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Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City

2180 South Carson St., Carson City, Nevada 89701

Phone: (775) 687-6953

Fax: (775) 687-8294

Admission fee charged

Children 17 and under free • Museum members free

Call for current hours and train schedule

Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City

601 Yucca St., Boulder City, Nevada 89005

Phone: (702) 486-5933

Fax: (702) 486-5901

Call for current hours, train schedule and fares

Visit our websites at

Museums.TravelNevada.com and NevadaCulture.org

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obtaining Nevada’s distinction as the “Silver State.”

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unique Las Vegas area attraction takes visitors on a trip along the tracks of southern Nevada’s colorful past aboard

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cars and locomotives on display at the museum have a rich and colorful history. The museum’s signature piece is the magnificent Inyo, one of the oldest operating steam locomotives in the United States. It became a star in Hollywood, appearing in 29 movies and starring in the Wild, Wild West television series.

The scenic seven-mile round trip travels along the eastern end of the Boulder Branch Line and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Passengers can take in gorgeous views of the sprawling El Dorado Valley, McCullough and River mountain ranges, and Mojave Desert plant life and cacti along the route. The museum also offers a covered open-air pavilion where visitors can view a number of historic pieces of railroad rolling stock. One of the museum’s unique pieces includes UPRR car No. 2314 that served as an official Railway Post Office (RPO) car during the period when mail traveled across the U.S. by rail. Visitors have the opportunity to see how U.S. Postal employees once

Enjoy rides aboard restored V&T railcars or the 1926 Edwards

processed and sorted mail between cities and towns

motorcar on weekends from May through September. Once

connected by rail service.

a year, the Inyo is fired up and brought out on the tracks as part of the museum’s annual Independence Day celebration.

the museums of southern Nevada

Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas Visit the beautiful new Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, where there is truly something for everyone. Located in the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, a 180-acre campus of trails, gardens, and exhibits, the Nevada State Museum offers a fascinating look at Nevada’s history and natural history. Get up close with a Columbian Mammoth skeleton and an

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Ichthyosaur, Nevada’s state fossil, which lived in the waters

famous gold and silver strike come to life. Experience the geology of the state, the precious metals that are mined here, and how caves are formed. The story of Las Vegas’ rise from a small railroad stop to an international city is told in many ways. Gaming artifacts from many decades are on display. Experience the sights of atomic bomb blasts and the antics of the “Rat Pack,” all captured on film. The state’s rich military history is represented by the bell and ship’s wheel from the USS Nevada, the only battleship able to get underway during the attack at Pearl Harbor. In addition to the exhibit galleries, the Museum has a research library that focuses on southern Nevada history, an

Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas

309 South Valley View Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89107 Phone: (702) 486-5205 Admission fee charged Children 17 and under free • Museum members free Call for current hours

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Lost City Museum, Overton

721 South Moapa Valley Boulevard, Overton, Nevada 89040 Phone: (702) 397-2193 Admission fee charged Children 17 and under free • Museum members free Bus and RV parking available • Tour groups welcomed Call for current hours

education lab, meeting rooms, and spacious banquet facilities. The museum store carries a variety of goods, including Native American jewelry, collector items, books, children’s items, and Nevada-made products.

Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City

601 Yucca Street, Boulder City, Nevada 89005 Phone: (702) 486-5933 Call for current hours, train schedule and fares

Visit our websites at

Museums.TravelNevada.com and NevadaCulture.org

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meticulous detail at the Lost City Museum. The artifacts will tell the narrative of people who traveled through and lived in southern Nevada for centuries. Archaeologists have worked tirelessly for decades to uncover and study these pieces of the past to give us a glimpse of what life was like for the early inhabitants of the hot, dry Mojave Desert. The museum is located on an actual prehistoric site of the Ancient Puebloans who first populated southern Nevada beginning about 300 B.C. On display are an excavated pit house and reconstructed Puebloan houses. Lost City Museum offers year-round programs, featuring Kids Day, Native American Day, exhibit openings, and archaeological tours.

to haul equipment and material needed to construct the Hoover Dam. The museum currently operates an excursion train on the original railroad line laid down by the Union Pacific. This unique Las Vegas area attraction takes visitors on a trip along the tracks of southern Nevada’s colorful past aboard refurbished and air-conditioned Pullman coaches dating back to 1911. The scenic seven-mile round trip travels along the eastern end of the Boulder Branch Line and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Passengers can take in gorgeous views of the sprawling El Dorado Valley, McCullough and River mountain ranges, and Mojave Desert plant life and cacti along the route. The museum also offers a covered open-air pavilion where visitors can view a number of historic pieces of railroad rolling stock. One of the museum’s unique pieces includes UPRR car No. 2314 that served as an official Railway Post Office (RPO) car during the period when mail traveled across the U.S. by rail. Visitors have the opportunity to see how U.S. Postal employees once processed and sorted mail between cities and towns connected by rail service.

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Nevada State Museum, CARSON CITY Celebrate Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage at the Nevada State Museum located at the historic Carson City Mint. Twenty galleries of one-of-a-kind exhibits showcasing

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diverse collections tell the fascinating Silver State story. Learn about the state’s dynamic geologic story in the

intricately woven baskets and 10,000-year-old artifacts in the “Under One Sky” exhibit. Explore an underground mine, ghost town, and a timeline of Nevada’s history where treasured icons such as the USS Nevada Silver Service and

Nevada State Museum, CARSON CITY

600 North Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada 89701-4004 Phone: (775) 687-4810 Fax: (775) 687-4168 Admission fee charged Children 17 and under free • Museum members free Call for current hours

the G.S. Garcia Saddle are revealed. See the Mint’s original Coin Press No. 1 and the famous Carson City “CC” mintmark silver dollars.

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2180 South Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada 89701 Phone: (775) 687-6953 Fax: (775) 687-8294 Admission fee charged Children 17 and under free • Museum members free Call for current hours and train schedule

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1100 Avenue A, Ely, Nevada 89301 Phone: (775) 289-1663 Fax: (775) 289-1664 Admission fee charged Children 17 and under free • Museum members free Call for current hours

Comstock History Center, Virginia CITY 20 North E Street, Virginia City, Nevada Phone: (775) 847-0281 Call for current hours

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1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89503 Phone: (775) 688-1190 Fax: (775) 688-2917 Admission fee charged Children 17 and under free • Museum members free Call for current hours

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Nevada State Railroad Museum, CARSON CITY The rich railroading heritage of northern Nevada lives on at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. An extraordinary collection of railroad equipment, artifacts and related exhibits portray how the railroad transformed a hostile frontier territory into an essential contributor to the growing nation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors can learn about the important role Nevada Historical Society, Reno

played by the world-famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad in obtaining Nevada’s distinction as the “Silver State.”

East Ely Railroad Depot Museum

Comstock History Center, Virginia CITY

here out of the hard, rugged Nevada terrain. From boom to

From mountains of silver to the silver screen, the railroad

A step into the East Ely Railroad Depot Museum is a step

The Comstock History Center houses the recently

bust, their stories are preserved at the Nevada Historical

cars and locomotives on display at the museum have a

back in time. Located within one of the nation’s most

relocated Virginia & Truckee Railroad locomotive No. 18,

Society in Reno.

rich and colorful history. The museum’s signature piece

complete historic railroad yards, the depot has been

the Dayton. It is also home to the Comstock Historic

is the magnificent Inyo, one of the oldest operating

restored to its original 1907 appearance.

District Commission and its non-circulating reference

For more than 10,000 years, people have carved a life

The Shepperson Gallery features five interpretive exhibit areas telling the compelling stories of the region’s native people, first explorers, miners, settlers and ranchers, lawmen and legislators, businessmen, entertainers, and

steam locomotives in the United States. It became a star in Hollywood, appearing in 29 movies and starring in the Wild, Wild West television series.

The East Ely Railroad Depot Museum is a lasting tribute to the area’s proud railroad and mining heritage. The museum experience focuses on the important role of the

library. The building includes meeting space, traveling exhibits, and a room for archaeological analysis and curation of Comstock resources.

those who sought fortune at the hands of Lady Luck.

Enjoy rides aboard restored V&T railcars or the

Nevada Northern Railway during a massive mining and

The Comstock History Center enriches the experience

Exhibits detail some of the unmatched technological

1926 Edwards motorcar on weekends from May through

transportation boom in eastern Nevada at the beginning

of the millions of visitors who make their way to the

wonders created to tame this wild land.

September. Once a year, the Inyo is fired up and brought

of the 20th century.

Comstock. The building itself is a testament to the history

The Reno gallery is dedicated to exploring the early development of the community and how it evolved into

out on the tracks as part of the museum’s annual Independence Day celebration.

Walk through waiting rooms, baggage storage and offices used by one of the nation’s most important railroads. The

the nation’s Divorce Capital with legalized gambling and

Depot has been restored to its 1907 appearance, including

prostitution aiding in its widespread notoriety. Visitors

original furniture and “state-of-the-art” office equipment

will learn about the silver state’s history from the earliest

such as a typewriter and an original mimeograph machine.

times to the present at Nevada’s oldest cultural institution.

Researchers find the museum’s vast document collection

And history is at your fingertips in the Nevada Historical

a great help, which contains thousands of documents

Society’s research library, offering one of the most

ranging from payroll ledgers to original right of way maps

extensive photographic and research collections in

that represent the history of the Nevada Northern Railway.

the West. The library is a major repository of books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, pamphlets, newspapers, serials, films, and ephemera that document the Silver State’s rich history.

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of Virginia City and takes its design from railroad and mining structures that once stood nearby.


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