The Nevada Northern Railway – McGill Depot in McGill, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Register is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.
The Nevada Northern Railway built the McGill Depot in 1910 in to serve as the passenger and freight hub for the town of McGill during its days as a prominent center of Nevada’s copper mining economy.
Built in the Craftsman style, the McGill Depot is nestled against the Duck Creek Mountains in eastern Nevada. McGill was a copper smelting hub for various mining companies throughout the twentieth century.
The railroad depot provided an important connection for the community from its construction in 1910 to 1941, when passenger service ended on the line.
During that time, the Nevada Northern Railway provided several daily trains for workers, shoppers and school children between McGill and nearby Ely, as well as service to broader railroad networks of the American West.
With assistance from the state’s Commission for Cultural Affairs grant program, the Nevada Northern Railway Museum has completed partial restoration work on the depot in anticipation of its future use as an interpretive center for Nevada’s railroad history.
The McGill Depot joins 372 other buildings, sites and districts throughout Nevada listed in the National Register. Property owners are encouraged to contact the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office if they have questions about the program or how to nominate their property to the Register.
The National Register of Historic Places is kept by the National Park Service, with significant support from the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office and Nevada’s Board of Museums and History.
The National Register of Historic Places was established in 1966 to recognize historic resources throughout the country that are worthy of preservation.
To be eligible for the National Register, resources should be 50 years of age and should not only ‘tell a story’ important to local, state, or national history but should retain strong physical evidence of that story.