July 23, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The McKeen Motor Car at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City has been named a National Historic Landmark.
The designation announced Wednesday by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar comes as Nevada prepares to celebrate its 148th anniversary of statehood next week. It will be in operation Oct. 26 for Nevada Day.
McKeen motor cars were built from 1905 to 1920. The Nevada car, the only one of its kind still able to move under its own power, was used on the Virginia and Truckee Railway around the turn of the 20th Century.
It was retired in 1945 and later converted into a restaurant. It was donated in 1995 to the state railroad museum, where it underwent years of restoration.