In 1869 the railroad tried to promote this small town site for Nevada’s White Pine mines, but it soon became known as a cowboy town because of the many cattle ranches in the area.
World famous saddle and spur maker G.S. Garcia, who moved his saddle shop to Elko from my home town of San Luis Obispo, California, in 1893, did so because of all the cowboys living near here. He became very successful. Garcia saddles and spurs are highly collectible and are sought after by western gear collectors all over the world. Will Rogers and Teddy Roosevelt are just two of the famous people who have settled their posteriors into the hand tooled, silver trimmed cantle of a Garcia saddle. You can see many of his early saddles and handmade gear here in J.M. Capriola’s upstairs museum.
Thousands of cowboys and cowgirls descend on this little town each year for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.