The White Pine Public Museum was opened on August 1, 1959 with the help and donations of many citizens in White Pine County. Exhibits include: a jail cell from the old Ely City Jail, the bones of two giant short-faced bears (Arctodus simus), a historic bell from Hamiliton, Nevada (now a ghost town), early record books of White Pine County and businesses,
and much more!
The Nevada Northern Railway Complex is the best-preserved, least altered, and most complete main yard complex remaining from the steam railroad era.
The McGill Drugstore is basically a large time capsule with products still on the shelves that date back to the 1950s. The terra-cotta tile soda fountain bar was built in 1930. It will seat you right up to one of the only three working soda fountains in White Pine County.
Six 35-foot high beehive-shaped brick ovens built to produce charcoal for the smelter serving the gold and silver mines at Ward. They were built around 1876 and are very well preserved.
The museum and railway is now the "hot spot" of Ely recreation. Employees have a blast as they entertain train riders, show visitors around the trainyard and shop, teach youngsters the exciting dynamics of a diesel engine, and even show them how to drive the train themselves.
The Ely Renaissance Society was founded in 1999 by a group of individuals with the vision of an attractive downtown area which would be representative of the art and culture belonging to the diverse group of people who had built and strengthened the small community through the years.
White Pine County lays claim to some of the most famous ghost towns in Nevada. Hamilton (the former county seat), Osceola (the largest gold nugget in the state was found here) and Cherry Creek.
Here you'll find the remains of a 700-year-old Fremont Indian village. The site was excavated in the early 1990's by a team from Brigham Young University. They found many artifacts and the remains of numerous structures. Administered by the BLM, the site has restrooms and a shade pavilion and you can see where the walls of many of the structures were located.
The most famous area for these is Windy Peak. It will require a 4-wheel drive vehicle plus a hike. Please take a guide.
A few of the location of pictographs are Tunnel Canyon, Loties Canyon and Christmas Wash. Some of the areas may require a short hike.
Come ride the Ghost Train of Old Ely. This is an operating railroad museum. Train rides on the steam engines of No. 40 and No. 93 are available from May through September. These Queens of Steam played a very important part in our mining history.
Some of the original Pony Express Trail and Stage Stops were located in White Pine County about 60 miles north of Ely. The most famous of these is Schellbourne Station. Each year the national Pony Express Association stages a re-enactment with riders retracing the original Pony Express route from Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri. They still follow the trail through northern White Pine County and pass the "mochilla" (mailbags) at Schellbourne Station.
White River Valley Museum
Located in Lund, about 25 miles south of Ely. This museum is filled with relics of one of the last colonization efforts of the Mormons in the American West.