About This Place
Montello is an unincorporated community in Elko County, Nevada, United States. It is home to Montello Elementary School which is part of the Elko County School District. The population of Montello is 216. Two small bars and a market/motel selling fuel & sundries comprise the business district. Various cattle ranching operations surround the area.
Montello is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area.
The town of Montello was established in 1904 as a "division point" (operations base) for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Montello's development was prompted by the construction of the Lucin Cutoff across the Great Salt Lake in Utah, a line that bypassed the area's former division point town of Terrace, Utah. Many of the original houses in Montello were moved there from Terrace and nearby Kelton, Utah. Montello was originally named "Bauvard," and received its current name in 1912. The word "Montello" means "rest" in the Shoshone language.