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Palisade (originally called Palisades) is located in Eureka Countymarker in the northeastern section of the state of Nevadamarker, in the western United Statesmarker. It is about 10 miles (16 km) south of Carlinmarker, and about 27 miles (43 km) southwest of Elkomarker. Although now a virtual ghost town, it had a rich history following construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Palisade Canyon (also called 12-Mile and 10-Mile Canyon), an important obstacle to the construction and operation of the railroad, lies just to the west.

Palisade was the site of an elaborate hoax during the early 1870s, probably to boost tourism. Whenever a train arrived, the residents were said to stage rampant gunfights and bank robberies. Nobody was privy to knowledge of the hoax except the residents, and the showmanship died off after several years.


  1. Lindskoog, Kathryn. Fakes, Frauds & Other Malarkey. Pasadena: Hope, 1993, 44.

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