The East Ely Railroad Depot Museum, not surprisingly, is housed in the old depot building and in the adjacent freight house. It is owned by the State of Nevada and operated by the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs, Division of Museums and History.
The state's involvement came about at the request of the railroad foundation, which in 1985 asked the state to evaluate the preservation needs of the site. In 1990 the depot and freight house were deeded to the State of Nevada, and the state legislature appropriated $300,000 for the first phase of restoration. These funds were used to shore up the depot's sandstone foundation, replace its electrical and plumbing systems, and restore the building to its 1906 appearance. In 1992 the depot was opened to the public as the East Ely Railroad Depot Museum, a unit of the Nevada State Railroad Museum, and staffed with a full-time curator. Restoration of the freight house, the oldest standing Nevada Northern structure, began with the 1999 roof replacement.
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 focuses on the historical industrial development of Nevada as evidenced by the massive copper production in the area which began in 1900.
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 Nevada Northern Railroad during a massive mining and transportation boom in eastern Nevada at the beginning of the 20th Century.
Walk through waiting rooms, baggage storage and offices used by one of the nation’s most important railroads. The depot has been restored to its 1907 appearance, including the original furniture and “state-of-the-art” office equipment such as a typewriter and an original mimeograph machine.
Researchers find the museum’s vast document collection a great help, which vast contains thousands of documents, ranging from payroll ledgers to original right-of-way maps that represent the history of the Nevada Northern Railway.
1100 Avenue A
Ely, Nevada 89301
Phone (775) 289-1663
Fax (775) 289-1664