Andrea Ramhorst, Archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management, provided a talk on archaeological sites that represent historic railroad towns and depots on the Wells Field Office. These towns supported the Transcontinental Railroad lines that facilitated the movement of people and freight across the country at the end of the 19th Century. In Nevada, these railroad lines were largely tied to the mining industry, and secondary railroad lines supported copper, silver, and gold mining.
Many of these sites are close to major roads, are threatened by looting, and will be incorporated into the Site Stewardship program for the Elko District. The Nevada Site Stewardship Program trains volunteers to monitor at risk archaeological sites. To learn more visit NSSP.
This Zoom Webinar talk was recorded and can be viewed on our YouTube Chanel here.
Unfortunately, there were some internet issues in the middle of the presentation. A PDF copy of the talk can be found here.
Photo: Nevada Northern RR remnants near the ghost town of Cobre, Nevada. Picture credit: David E. Beedon 2011.