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Elko County, located in the northeast corner of Nevada, is the fourth largest county in the continental United States. Miles and miles of sagebrush give way to scenic spots, such as Lamoille Canyon and the Ruby Mountains, and locals are proud of this ruggedly beautiful land. Although the county’s area is vast, there are only 2.5 people per square mile, and almost 90 percent of the land is owned by the federal government. The major towns in Elko County were established in the late 1860s, when the railroad arrived and brought ranching and mining jobs to the area. In the 1930s, Elko County began attracting big-name entertainment and also became a destination for gaming, and those traditions continue today. With its rich heritage and unique, high-desert landscapes, Elko County is considered one of the last frontiers of the Old West.
Author Bio: Author Claudia Wines has been the director of the Northeastern Nevada Museum for the past seven years. She also serves as secretary of the board of directors of the Northeastern Nevada Historical Society, the parent company of the museum. All of the images featured in this book came from the archives of the Northeastern Nevada Museum.
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