Pioneer Hotel Headquarters

Western Folklife Center 2012, 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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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.