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Engine House

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1908–1915, 1917, c. 1941, Nevada Northern Railroad
  • Engine House (Julie Nicoletta)

The focal point of the railroad yards is the massive engine house, which continues in use as a maintenance and repair shop, now for the Nevada Northern Railway Museum's engines. Originally a rectangular 175-foot-by-225-foot masonry building, it was extended over the years by wings to the west, northwest, northeast, and southeast corners. The interior has five work areas—the machine shop, engine room, air room, boiler room, and blacksmith shop. Multilight, industrial steel sash windows running along the north and south sides let light into the building. Out of use for a few years after Kennecott shut down the building in 1983, it was reopened in 1987 when the museum began operations.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Engine House", [Ely, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 179-179.

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