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Location of Palisade within Nevada

Palisade (originally called Palisades) is located in Eureka County in the northeastern section of the state of Nevada, in the western United States. It is about 10 miles (16 km) south of Carlin, and about 27 miles (43 km) southwest of Elko. Although now a virtual ghost town, it had a rich history following construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Palisade Canyon (also called 12-Mile and 10-Mile Canyon), an important obstacle to the construction and operation of the railroad, lies just to the west.

View from Palisade, Nevada, looking southeast towards Pine Mountain.
Palisade Canyon, during construction of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1868 (LOC).
The same site, located just northeast of Palisade, 140 years later.

Palisade was the site of an elaborate hoax during the early 1870s, probably to boost tourism. Whenever a train arrived, the residents were said to stage rampant gunfights and bank robberies. Nobody was privy to knowledge of the hoax except the residents, and the showmanship died off after several years.[1]


  1. ^ Lindskoog, Kathryn. Fakes, Frauds & Other Malarkey. Pasadena: Hope, 1993, 44.

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Coordinates: 40°36′37″N 116°11′55″W / 40.61028°N 116.19861°W / 40.61028; -116.19861


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