Pioneer Hotel Headquarters

Pioneer Hotel, Western Folklife Center Headquarters in Elko, Nevada. Photo by Steve Green.

Pioneer Hotel, Western Folklife Center Headquarters in Elko, Nevada. Photo by Steve Green.

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.

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Where We Are
Elko, Nevada is located in the northeastern corner of the state along Interstate 80. (Reno is 290 miles west, Salt Lake City is 230 miles east, Boise is 155 miles northwest, Twin Falls is 168 miles northeast…and Las Vegas is 423 miles southwest of Elko.)

Elko is serviced by SkyWest Airlines (a Delta Connection) from Salt Lake City and by Amtrak. Rental car service in Elko is provided by Enterprise (775-738-2899 or 800-593-0505), Hertz (775-738-3147), and Avis (775-738-4426). Contact El Aero Services for information about chartering a private plane.

In the high desert of the Great Basin at an elevation of 5060 feet, weather in Elko is varied. Check the weather before you travel and road conditions if you are driving.

Western Folklife Center
501 Railroad Street
Elko, Nevada 89801
Ph: 775-738-7508
Fax: 775-738-2900

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday through Friday,
Closed holidays.

Wiegand Gallery and Gift Shop
Ph: 775-738-7508, ext. 234 or 888-880-5885

10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday through Friday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday
Closed holidays

Banner image by Jessica Brandi Lifland. Photo of Western Folklife Center by Steve Green.