Oil From Shale

Oil From Shale (HM1GCI)

Location: Elko, NV 89801 Elko County
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N 40° 49.529', W 115° 46.8'

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Directly south of this point and across the valley floor are the remains of a short-lived extraction plant, which reached the peak of its productive capacity in the early twenties. Driving of the main shaft began in 1916. Of several tries at extracting oil from shale, this was the only successful operation in Nevada.

Robert M. Catlin, Sr. spent many years experimenting on the extraction of crude oil from these beds before beginning the commercial production of oil. After a production period of less than two years, the plant was closed in the fall of 1924. Hi-power Catlin Oil was too expensive to compete with the fossil oils of that day.

Easily 50 years ahead of his time. Catlin did, for a few years give Elkoans and Nevadans, a dream and the community an oil boom in the Roaring Twenties.
Marker Number229
Placed ByDivision of Historic Preservation and Archeology, Northeastern Nevada Historical Society.
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 4:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 602875 N 4520100
Decimal Degrees40.82548333, -115.78000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 49.529', W 115° 46.8'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 49' 31.74" N, 115° 46' 48" W
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Area Code(s)775
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1343 W Idaho St, Elko NV 89801, US
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