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Located in western Elko County, Nevada, the city of Carlin was named for Civil War General William Passmore Carlin. The city was developed along the California Trail, and saw thousands of settlers, including the Donner Party, pass through during the Westward Expansion. Carlin was also a large part of the railroad expansion, and was a major stop on the Southern Pacific rail line, hosting maintenance shops, crew quarters, and ice houses. Carlin was the home of the Native American medicine man, John Pope, also known as Rolling Thunder, who had worked as a brakeman on the railroad. Today, Carlin is a gateway to some of the world’s largest gold mines, with mining becoming a major employment base in the early 1960s.



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