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Address: 501 Railroad St, Elko, NV 89801
Phone Number: +1 775-738-7508
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This center focuses on contemporary folk art, cowboy gear and serves as the...

This center focuses on contemporary folk art, cowboy gear and serves as the headquarters for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

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Great stories if you talk to the friendly staff

Stopped in on a road trip and enjoyed the shop and then a tour of the great historic Pioneer Hotel. The man working the counter shared the great and bawdy history of the building... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Nevada
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in on a road trip and enjoyed the shop and then a tour of the great historic Pioneer Hotel. The man working the counter shared the great and bawdy history of the building and then we checked out the great adjacent museum. Don't miss the portrait gallery downstairs.

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Thank NevadaHighdesert
Santa Rosa, United States
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11 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Small museum celebrating the area's cowboy heritage, entirely staffed by volunteers. The one who was on duty when were there was a delight - extremely knowledgeable about the local area, history, customs etc. Bonus - this place has a fabulous gift shop with lots of local artists represented.

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Thank Kathy L
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Stopped in out of curiosity and what a fun little place. Great gift shop and wonderful artwork. Wish the fantastic antique bar had been up and running but it was great to see.

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Thank Cari B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

We were in Elko for a short stop on our way to the coast. The exhibitions with photography from the prairie and especially the short movie "why the cowboy sings"(16 min) summed and put a perspective on what we had seen and experienced on our journey, The soundtrack is now on a danish stereo. A very helpful staff. Best regards.

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Thank Henrik L
Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016

Very nice museum exhibits, beautiful quilts on the walls, and many interesting photo exhibits. Also a well stocked gift shop with many unique items, books of cowboy poetry, CD's of cowboy music, clothes, jewelry, and other cowboy style items.

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Thank seldominn
Reno, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016

A tapas dinner was held here, and the old Pioneer Hotel was very finely appointed, and we enjoyed ourselves very much.

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Thank Constance B
Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is a great place for a get together. We had at least 200 hundred people. They have a bar and allow you to bring your own food for events. Small little cowboy poetry display and cowboy art.

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Thank Terisa C
Elko
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016

The Western Folklife Center is always putting on something fun. Every year there is the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. I went for the first time in 2000 and never had so much fun! I've been a regular ever since. For anyone with an interest in ranch life - historic to modern - or an interest in western music, it can't... More 

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Elko, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2016

Great leg stretch, local artistry shop, museum/gallery. They also offer evening programs including concerts, western dance classes, and a jam session in addition to their trademark event the national cowboy poetry gathering.

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napa ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2016

This is a marvelous place dedicated to the preservation of Western history, culture, ranching and life. It is in the old Pioneer Hotel, nicely updated with a beautiful 40' bar and fantastic gift shop devoted to Western books, art and music. This amazing enterprise hosts events celebrating everything Western throughout the year. Quality events like the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering... More 

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