The Depot & Mining Museum Capital Campaign
Borrowing from the region’s rich mining roots while resurrecting Battle Mountain’s iconic 1880s railroad station, the Lander County Historical Society is embarking on a bold expansion to create The Battle Mountain Depot and Mining Museum.
The initial phase is a 40 x 160 foot multi-purpose space for exhibits, events and meetings. It will resemble the old railway station, The Depot will feature two 40×40 enclosed areas, barbecue and open pavilion which can accommodate up to 200 patrons.
The hope for the Museum site is that it will host a world-class mining museum with modern displays and equipment that share the stories of the men, women and technology behind one of the world’s leading mining region’s — The Battle Mountain and Carlin Trends of Northeastern Nevada.
The Depot & Mining Museum will spotlight Lander County’s main economic engine, mining, by providing a much needed facility for education and information. It will host training, school programs, and extensive information on the mining industry, local mines, and careers available in the mining sector. It will serve as a cultural focal point for the community and add to the general quality of life in the community.
Mining is a huge draw for tourism but few tourists and tour groups are able to travel off the interstate and arrange individual tours of the mines. This facility will be able to host groups, whether for a few hours, or for overnight planned events. It will also support the Lander County Civic Center (just two blocks away) for mining industry meetings, conventions, and similar events.