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Business Continuity Technologies (BCT) to provide Managed Services to the Tourism and Recreation Board of White Pine County.

Sitting on the eastern edge of “Nevada’s Loneliest Highway,” Ely is a remote mountain town where history, art, and outdoor adventure run deep. In the nearby Great Basin National Park, travelers have the chance to descend into the depths of the Lehman Cave system to explore a series of limestone and marble caverns full of huge stalagmites and other wild rock formations. The park is also home to the snow-capped Wheeler Peak which, at 13,000 feet, is the second-tallest mountain in Nevada. Here you can hike dozens of trails or take a scenic drive up to 10,000 feet for sweeping views of the Great Basin.

“We are honored to be the technology providers to the Tourism Department of this historic rural Nevada county. It is a must visit place that needs to be promoted to the State of Nevada, the United States and the rest of the world” says Lester Keizer, CEO of BCT. “I have been coming to this county for many years on business and pleasure trips. My wife just loves to shop the unique antique stores in Ely.”

When in Ely, take a slow stroll through downtown on the 11-block art walk. Scattered down the main drag are over 20 murals and sculptures depicting the town’s history and cultural diversity — highlights along the way include Ely Renaissance Village and the ’50s-style soda fountain that serves up old-fashioned chocolate malts and cherry-lime rickeys.

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“When we were given the chance to be the trusted technology business partner for this important board, I jumped at this opportunity,” says Earle Keizer, President and co-owner of BCT. ” I just love this county, its idyllic town and above all the wonderful hospitable people. Also, to be able to eat at The Cellblock is Ely’s fine dining establishment focusing on only the choicest cuts of meat and the finest wines is a delight. nevada northern railway The CellBlock serves dinner in a unique atmosphere that will make you think Butch Cassidy could walk in at any moment.”

Ely’s importance as a rail town during the 1900s is showcased on the Nevada Northern Railway, which offers a twisty ride in an open-air car through the mountains of the Egan Range. Originally built to transport copper from nearby mines, today this National Historic Landmark is one of the last operating steam locomotives of its kind.

The Nevada Northern Railway Complex is the best-preserved, least altered, and most complete main yard complex remaining from the steam railroad era. It was established in 1905 to support the area’s booming copper mining industry. The era of diesel-ization of the railroad industry during the second half of the 20th century led to alterations and demolitions of railroad yards and shops nationwide. The East Ely yard escaped modernization because of its geographical remoteness and the decline of the mining industry it once served.

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According to the Smithsonian Curator Emeritus, the Nevada Northern Railway Museum, a National Historic Landmark, is the best preserved, historic railroad “bar none.” It’s been voted “Best Place to Take Kids” for six years in a row by Nevada Magazine readers. It has also been featured many times on PBS, as well as The History Channel’s television shows, “Modern Marvels” and “American Restorations.

Employees have a blast as they entertain train riders, show visitors around the train yard and shop, teach youngsters the exciting dynamics of a diesel engine, and even show them how to drive the train themselves. Special events liven up the railway even more with their special photo shoots, hand-car races, resident reality camps, railroad history symposiums and lectures, and much more!

Rory Jackson, Manager of Technical Services says, “To be chosen as the provider of technology services is a real testament to the professionalism of our technicians. We look forward to really helping the Tourism board elevate White Pine County to be a bucket list experience.”