The Eureka Locomotive was manufactured in 1875 and is the oldest existing locomotive of the Eureka and Palisade Railroad, a central Nevada line built to transport passengers, silver and lead from the mines at Eureka to the Central Pacific line at Palisade. The locomotive is named after Eureka, Nevada.  It ran on the Eureka and Palisade line between 1875 and 1901, after which it was relocated to Lake Tahoe and ran on a lumber line until 1938.  The Eureka was purchased by Warner Bros. Studios and used in movies and television productions until the late 1970s, including John Wayne’s last motion picture, The Shootist, in 1976.  The Eureka was on display at Old Las Vegas, a false western town located on Boulder Highway, until it burned in a fire in 1985.  The Eureka was purchased by its current owner in 1986 and restored. It has since appeared in many documentaries and travels to Colorado to carry passengers through the Rocky Mountains, and to the Nevada State Railroad Museums in Carson City and Boulder City.

It is one of the fewest remaining locomotives of its type, and is the only operational locomotive of the three remaining Baldwin Class 8/18C engines in the U.S.  The locomotive retains much of its original parts, with parts being replaced as the normal course of service.

The Eureka Locomotive is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Eureka Locomotive Nomination Report

Contact Information

Building and Safety Department
Development Services Center
333 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89106 (Map)
Phone: (702) 229-6251

Business Hours: Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 to 5:30 p.m., CLOSED Friday.

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