If you think “cowboy” and “arts” are two terms that don’t belong together, then you haven’t visited the Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum in Elko yet. It’s OK. Once you experience this throwback tribute to the craftsmen who produced some of the finest saddles, spurs and bits in the Old West, you’ll understand why this Elko attraction is such an integral part of the area’s history.
The museum is at 542 Commercial St. in downtown Elko and is named after artist/craftsman/entrepreneur G. S. Garcia, who originally opened his shop in 1894 and operated it until 1935. Garcia quickly became known for his high quality work, and soon cowboys came from across the West to purchase his saddles, which featured intricate silverwork and precious gems. Today, visitors can still watch a master saddle maker at work, as he carries on a tradition nearly 100 years in the making. What else would you expect from the home of the original Garcia Bit & Spur?