Palisade Nevada Overview
Palisade was surveyed and laid out by the Central Pacific Railroad in 1870. At this time, it was a departure point on the line for the wagon, freight, and stage lines to Mineral Hill, Eureka, and Hamilton.
The Eureka and Palisade Railroad was completed in 1875 and until 1930, the town was the principal transfer and shipping point on the Central Pacific.
Nevada Historical Marker Number
Palisade Nevada is Nevada Historical Marker #65.
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Nevada Historical Marker Transcription
Located in the tank-like depths of Palisade Canyon, Palisade—first named Palisades—was surveyed and laid out by the Central Pacific Railroad in February 1870. During the 1870s, it rivaled Elko and Carlin as a departure point on the Central Pacific for wagon, freight, and stage lines to Mineral Hill, Eureka, and Hamilton.
In October 1875, with completion of Eureka and Palisade Railroad, Palisade became the northern terminus and operating headquarters for this little, ninety-mile narrow-gauge line stretching southward to Eureka. Between 1875 and 1930, the town was the principal transfer and shipping point on the Central Pacific (which later became the Southern Pacific) and on the Western Pacific Railroad after its 1909 completion.
At its peak, the town boasted a population of 300. It was a self-contained community, and railroading was its business. There were passenger and freight stations, sidings on both the Southern Pacific and Western Pacific Railroads, and a large ore transfer dock between the narrow gauge and standard gauge lines. All Eureka and Palisade (Eureka-Nevada after 1912) headquarters facilities were situated here.
After the narrow-gauge line ran its last train in September 1938, Palisade went into a long decline. The post office was finally closed in 1962.
STATE HISTORICAL MARKER NO. 65
STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE
NORTHWESTERN NEVADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY