Western Folklife Center

Western Folklife Center

The Pioneer Building at 501 Railroad Street in Elko is now the headquarters of the Western Folklife Center. Completed in 1912-1913, the current building was the largest retail and office building in Elko at that time.

Typical for Nevada towns in that era, the Pioneer Building and Pioneer Saloon – with its impressive, 40-foot 1890 Brunswick back bar constructed of mahogany and cherry wood inlaid with mother-of-pearl – served as a social center. Additional space in the building was used for shops and business offices, with housing upstairs.


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