Place:Pioche, Lincoln, Nevada, United States

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NamePioche
Alt namesMeadow Valleysource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS32009052
Pioche Citysource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS32009052
TypeTown
Coordinates37.917°N 114.45°W
Located inLincoln, Nevada, United States
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source: Family History Library Catalog


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Pioche is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Lincoln County, Nevada, United States, about northeast of Las Vegas. U.S. Route 93 is the main route to Pioche and bypasses the town center just to the east, with Nevada State Route 321 and Nevada State Route 322 providing direct access. Its elevation is above sea level. Pioche is the county seat of Lincoln County. It is named after François Louis Alfred Pioche, a San Francisco financier and land speculator originally from France. The town's population was 1,002 at the 2010 census.

History

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The first modern settlement of the area occurred in 1864 with the opening of a silver mine. The settlers abandoned the area when local Indian tribes launched a series of raids and massacres. Recolonization launched in 1868, after this was stopped and François Pioche bought the town in 1869. By the early 1870s, it had grown to become one of the most important silver-mining towns in Nevada.


Because of the remoteness which had allowed the Indian raids to occur, the town had a reputation for being one of the roughest towns in the Old West. Local lore says 72 men were killed in gunfights before the first natural death occurred in the camp. This legend is immortalized by the creation of Boot Hill, now a landmark in the city.

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