Central Nevada Museum – Step into our past and explore the rich and colorful history of Central Nevada

Step into Our Past: Exploring the Rich & Colorful History of Central Nevada!

Hey there, fellow time travelers! Are you ready to walk through the dusty trails of history? Central Nevada Museum and the legendary Route 6 are not just coordinates on a map—they’re treasure maps to the past. Join us as we unearth the stories of pioneers, the glint of precious metals, and the indomitable spirit of the Old West.

Introduction: A Brief Overview of Central Nevada Museum and Route 6

Welcome to the heartland of tales untold—Central Nevada is more than just a vast landscape; it’s where America’s history comes alive. Meandering through Nevada, Route 6 carries with it tales of yesteryears that beg to be retold. Fasten your seatbelts, we’re heading to where the spirits of the past beckon.

The Birth of a Region: Tracing the Early Settlements and Native American Roots

Before the neon lights, there were the stars and stories of the indigenous peoples. Discover the rich heritage of the tribes that painted the canvas of this region with culture. From traditions passed down to Earth’s whispers, their roots run as deep as the veins of silver that lie beneath.

The Mining Boom: Exploring the Impact of Silver and Gold Discoveries

Eureka! Gold rush stories are not merely legends—they’re narratives etched in the rocks of Central Nevada. Uncover how silver and gold altered destinies, turning sleepy settlements into hives of bustling prospectors.

Life in the Old West: Anecdotes and Stories from the Frontier Days

Pull up a chair as we spin yarns of the gun-slinging heroes and notorious outlaws. Each building and byway has its own saga of strife and triumph—little nuggets of a history that helped shape the American frontier.

The Decline and Revival: Understanding the Economic Shifts and Current Renewal Efforts

Fortunes rose and fell with the mines, but the legacy remained. Learn about the downs and ups as Central Nevada evolved, and how today’s efforts are breathing new life into this historic region.

Must-See Historical Sites: A Guide for Explorers and Enthusiasts

Put on those explorer hats, history buffs! From the ghost towns to grand museums, we’ve got the lowdown on the places that are simply must-sees. Get set to enjoy a historical treasure hunt that’s both enlightening and exhilarating.

Conclusion: Reflecting on the Rich History and Inviting You to Explore

Our romp through Central Nevada’s history has come to a close—but it’s just the beginning for you. We invite you, dear reader, to step into the past and experience firsthand the enduring legacy of this magnificent region.

Ready for an adventure that’s as educational as it is thrilling? Route 6 is waiting for you! Share your own Central Nevada stories with us using the hashtag #NevadaTimeMachine and don’t forget to visit the historical sites that keep the story of America alive. 


Admission is Free

Museum Hours:
Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm

Our facilities are handicapped accessible and a large parking lot is available for all RV’s.  https://www.centralnevadamuseum.com

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In Memory of the Passing of Dirt the Cat.

Remembrance Day – May 28, 2023
Dirt the Cat

In Memory of the Passing of Dirt the Cat.
Official Mascot and Greeter of the Nevada Northern Railway
Ely, Nevada

We knew he was beloved, not only by us, but also by people around the world. Our Facebook post that announced his passing has reached nearly 2 million people. Phenomenal! Because of this outpouring of support, I would like to make two announcements.

The first is the we will be honoring Dirt, The Boss Shop Cat on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th.

Secondly, we have hired a sculptor to create two life-size bronzes of Dirt. If you would like to contribute to having the bronzes made, we have a special account set up for contributions, it is named Dollars for Dirt, click here to contribute.

We plan to unveil Dirt’s Statute and Headstone on May 28, 2023 at 10:00 am. This is the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. We will be operating two trains that day, the first one is 11:30 am, for tickets click here, the second train is at 2:00 pm, for tickets click here.

Because of all of the interest and support, the museum is committed to having two bronze statues made. One statue and a gravestone will be over his burial place. This is near the East Ely Depot where he can look out over the train yard and watch all of our activities. The second statue will be displayed in the engine house where he was born at the Nevada Northern Railway National Historical Landmark in Ely, Nevada.

In Dirt’s passing, he has transformed from being our Boss Shop Cat to becoming an ambassador for Heritage Railroading across the country and around the world. Dirt’s physical presence has left us, but his spirituality is still with us and will be for as long as steam locomotives still operate.

I consider Dirt following in the paw prints of Smoky the Bear. Smokey was a real bear cub that survived a forest fire. He eventually transformed into a symbol of fire prevention, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.”

I see Dirt, The Boss Shop Cat doing the same thing. Dirt will help us reach new people to explain why the preservation of our steam railroading heritage is so important. Dirt, will also be instrumental in helping us teach railroad safety to children.

Dirt was and still is truly amazing. As long as the big wheels keep turning here, Dirt will be with us all. It’s a tall order, but then again, who knew that the runt of the litter, a little orange and white ball of fur would become such a colossus in the world of heritage railroading!

I hope you can join us on May 28th, we look forward to having you join us in celebrating the life of Dirt, the Boss Shop Cat. We will try to live stream the event for those of you who can’t make it.