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The population of Ely is approximately 3,791 (2002), 4255 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 2,098 (1990), 1856 (2010).

The amount of land area in Ely is 9.065 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Ely is 7.1 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Ely to Washington DC is 2147 miles. The distance to the Nevada state capital is 276 miles. (as the crow flies)
Ely is positioned 39.24 degrees north of the equator and 114.87 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Ely elevation is 6,427 feet above sea level.
The city tree is the Bristlecone Pine.
The city bird is the Mountain Blue Bird.
The Ely city color is Blue and White.

Ely median income is $36,408 (2000).

The Ely median home price is $71,300 (2000).

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Ely location: On Hwy 93 near the Utah border, midway between the northern and southern borders. Las Vegas is about 212 miles southwest. Nearby communities include McGill at 12.3 miles. The next closest town is Spring Creek, 114 miles away.

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Ely average annual precipitation is 10.3 inches per year.
Ely average annual snowfall is 48.2 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 24.8 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 41.8 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 67.1 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 45.1 degrees F.

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Ely history:

Ely began in 1868 as a silver mining camp, but gained its popularity in 1907 with its copper mining operations. The naming of Ely has several versions. Some believe that J.W. Long, who moved a post office here, named it after his home town of Ely, Vermont. Others say John Ely, one of the owners of the Raymond and Ely Mine in the Pioche area put forth the name. Still others, feel the president of the Shelby Copper MIning and Smelting Company, Smith Ely, was the source. He founded the company here in 1887. No one really seems to know the actual source of the name for Ely.

Today gold and silver are both still mined in Ely. It is the county seat of White Pine County. Because it is surrounded by mountains, there are many recreational possibilities in the area.
The settling of Ely: 1868
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Ely attractions:

Nevada Northern Railway Museum.
P.O. Box 150040
East Ely, Nevada 89315-0040
Phone: 1-866-40STEAM or 1-866-407-8326
A unique working railroad some historians call the best-preserved shortline in America. "The Ghost Train of Old Ely" runs selected dates from May through September. Please call for schedule and reservations. Special trains including "Ely After Dark" and "Photographers' Special." Museum Tours and Gift Shop.

East Ely Railroad Depot Museum
1100 Avenue A
Ely, NV 89303
Phone: 775-289-1663

White Pine Public Museum
2000 Aultman Street
Ely, Nevada
A great mineral collection and other unique historical items such as the home made cannon from the courthouse in Hamilton. Records at the museum.

Learn more about Ely at this informative site.

A crater on Mars named for Ely!

Cave Lake State Park
P.O. Box 151761
Ely, NV 89315
Phone: (775) 728-4460
15 miles southeast of Ely via U.S. 50/6/93 and Success Summit Road
There is a 32 acre reservoir here with fishing, camping, boating and more. It is located at 7,300 feet above sea level with spectacular views and photography opportunities.

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