Pioneer Hotel Headquarters
The Pioneer Building, located at 501 Railroad Street in Elko, Nevada, is the headquarters of the Western Folklife Center, purchased in 1992 thanks to a donation from the late George Gund III, a local rancher and Western Folklife Center Trustee.
The location began as a tent called the Pioneer Saloon in 1868, likely the first bar in Elko. The current building (completed in 1912-1913) was the largest retail and office building in Elko at that time. With its impressive, 40-foot 1890 Brunswick back bar constructed of mahogany and cherry wood inlaid with mother-of-pearl, it served as a social center.
Now both a local and a regional cultural center with an exhibit gallery, 300-seat theater, 20-seat Black Box theater, saloon and gift shop, the Western Folklife Center brings you one of the best facilities around. See information about renting our facility.
Western Folklife Center
501 Railroad Street
Elko, Nevada 89801
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday through Friday,
Banner image by Jessica Brandi Lifland. Photo of Western Folklife Center by Steve Green.