Freight Building Gets New Walkway

The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Ely has undertaken a monumental preservation project to replace the walkway of the historic Freight Building. Built in 1906, and restored by the State of Nevada since 1995, the building remains a remarkable example of an era when goods were delivered by rail.

The walkway is a stark reminder that the extreme weather of eastern Nevada is not kind to historic buildings. After years of use, the boards became weathered enough to become a safety hazard for the visiting public. Recognizing the potential for harm, the State’s Museum in Ely undertook the enormous project of replacing every board on the building’s south side. Funded by a generous grant from the Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership and volunteers from the local community, the staff of the Nevada State Railroad Museum-Ely continues to move forward.