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Carlin, Nevada
—  City  —
Nickname(s): The City by the "C"
Where the Train Stops... & the Gold Rush Begins [1]
Location of Carlin, Nevada
Coordinates: 40°42′51″N 116°6′47″W / 40.71417°N 116.11306°W / 40.71417; -116.11306
Country United States
State Nevada
 - Total 9.2 sq mi (23.9 km2)
 - Land 9.2 sq mi (23.9 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,905 ft (1,495 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,161
 - Density 234.6/sq mi (90.6/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 89822
Area code(s) 775
FIPS code 32-08900
GNIS feature ID 0847272
Carlin, Nevada.

Carlin is a town located near the western border of Elko County in northeast Nevada, 23 miles (37 km) west of the city of Elko. It is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area. Carlin sits along Interstate 80 at an elevation of approximately 4,900 feet (1,500 m). As of the 2000 census, its population was 2,161. Its slogan is "Where The Train Stops...And the Gold Rush Begins".[2]

Carlin was the home of the Native American shaman John Rolling Thunder Pope, who worked as a brakeman on the railway.[3]



Carlin is located at 40°42′51″N 116°6′47″W / 40.71417°N 116.11306°W / 40.71417; -116.11306. To the northwest is the Carlin Trend, one of the most productive gold mining areas in the United States. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.2 square miles (23.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,161 people, 792 households, and 579 families residing in the city. The population density was 234.6 people per square mile (90.6/km²). There were 1,014 housing units at an average density of 110.1/sq mi (42.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.90% White, 0.05% African American, 1.76% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.79% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.38% of the population.

There were 792 households out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 108.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,571, and the median income for a family was $51,716. Males had a median income of $47,396 versus $21,813 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,377. About 4.1% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.

City of San Francisco Derailment

On August 12, 1939 a train operated under the name City of San Francisco derailed while crossing a bridge near Carlin, killing 24 and injuring 121. The wreck appeared to have been caused by sabotage but remains unsolved to this day. The train was operated by a joint partnership of the Chicago and North Western Railway, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and the Union Pacific Railroad.

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External links

Coordinates: 40°42′51″N 116°06′47″W / 40.714186°N 116.113127°W / 40.714186; -116.113127


  1. ^ City of Carlin Nevada - Official Website
  2. ^ City of Carlin. "City of Carlin official website". Retrieved 2007-06-17.  
  3. ^ Boyd, Doug (1974). Rolling Thunder ISBN 038528859X. New York: Delta.  
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  


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