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Jan Petersen with saddles

Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum Director Jan Petersen examines the saddles on display. The building is the original home to G.S. Garcia's Saddle and Harness Shop.

ELKO – The community is invited to join the Cowboy Arts & Gear Museum at 542 Commercial St. for its grand opening from 2-4 p.m. Friday.

The event will feature a program with remarks from the museum board of directors and NV Energy leadership. Attendees will also get a first look at the museum and enjoy refreshments.

“We are so excited that our vision for this museum has come to fruition,” said Jan Petersen, Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum executive director. “NV Energy has been with us every step of the way – from gifting the building, to managing and funding all building renovations and improvements – this wouldn’t be happening without them. We are so excited to finally be unveiling this project. It will be a great contribution to the community and downtown Elko.”

NV Energy’s contributions to the museum total $700,000. This amount includes donation of the building as well as the following renovations:

  • Energy-efficient upgrades including Low-E windows and doors, LED lightning, low-flow toilets and a high efficiency, natural gas boiler system.
  • Building ADA code compliance.
  • Designing and building the outside of the museum to resemble its original 1907 appearance, including a stamped-metal façade.

“I am very proud to see the next chapter of this special, historical building come to life as the Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum,” said Paul Caudill, NV Energy president and CEO. “My colleagues at the company are proud to make this donation that allows us to help preserve the community’s rich history, showcasing the legacy of those who came before us to shape this entire region.”

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The building in downtown Elko was built in 1907 and was home to the G.S. Garcia Saddle Shop for 31 years. NV Energy owned and occupied the building for 77 years before moving to a new facility in 2016.

The museum will serve the historic downtown corridor by sharing the culture and heritage of the cowboy through stories and displaying gear. It will be open year-round and will include exhibits, art displays, speakers, demonstrations, workshops, apprenticeships and work in collaboration with the Nevada Arts Council.

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