McGill Drug Store Museum

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11 Fourth St.
McGill , 89318

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One of the most nostalgic experiences in Nevada can be found at the McGill Drugstore Museum in a small town 12 miles north of Ely. Stepping through the door, visitors are greeted by an authentic small town drugstore that has been completely frozen in time. The store’s shelves are lined with faded products dating back to the 1950s, from the once-popular Dippity-do styling gel to the Ipana toothpaste. In its heyday, the McGill Drugstore sold its customers not only manufactured drugs, but also a variety of home remedies and prescriptions that were mixed right in the store. Today, visitors will find many of the original implements used for prescription mixing on display. The original prescription, business and invoice records dating back to 1915 are considered invaluable research materials.

Other interesting artifacts and relics from the past at the McGill Drugstore include band uniforms from both the White Pine County grade and high schools. Best of all, the McGill Drugstore claims one of just three working soda fountains in White Pine County. Although the original fountain was destroyed in a 1930 fire, it has since been rebuilt and now features a distinctive terracotta tile bar.

Ultimately, the McGill Drugstore will become a free, public museum dedicated to preserving the era of small town soda fountains, drugstores and pharmacies. For now, the store is open for private tours upon request.

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