Pioche

N37 55.604"    W114 26.953"

A marker honoring the birth, growth and ultimate legacy of Pioche.


  • Directions: Along (S. Main St) SR 321 at the south end of Pioche.

Exact Description: Silver ore was discovered in this range of mountains in 1864, but no important development took place until 1869 when mines were opened and the town of Pioche appeared. Pioche soon became the scene of a wild rush of prospectors and fortune seekers and gained a reputation in the 1870's for tough gunmen and bitter lawsuits. Over five million dollars in ore was taken out by 1872, and by 1900 Pioche was nearly a ghost town.

Designated as the seat of Lincoln County in 1871, Pioche survived hard times as a supply and government center for a vast area. In later years, notably during World War II, profitable lead-zinc deposits were developed.

  • Directions: Along (S. Main St) SR 321 at the south end of Pioche.
    This one's easy to spot! As you leave Pioche, look for a large dirt pullout at the top of the hill.

NOTES: The SHPO lists the directions for [5] Pioche as reads: "on US Highway 93 Alternate in Pioche Nevada". Trust me when I say that you won't find "US 93 Alternate" signed anywhere in Pioche. The SHPO are actually referring to SR 321. If traveling to Pioche from the north, finding this marker demands that you go through downtown to the southern end of town just past Boot Hill Park. In a nutshell, just follow Main Street all the way through town past the town park and you'll find the large stone marker sitting at the top of the hill.

The grand view of tiny Pioche and the adjacent Lake Valley in the b.g.


"Post No Bills" (c) Paul Sebesta
Every time I visit an occupied old mining town, I like to capture one piece of remembrance best signifying the place. What better than the famous Million Dollar Courthouse! This shot was actually more difficult than you'd think. This big, blockey, stately building, became a thorn in the side of tiny old Pioche. After its initial cost of $75,000, waining mines, and higher interest skyrocketed the final cost of constructing the two-story building to over one million dollars. Today, the courthouse is closed to the public, but it is no less a majestic subject. I needed serious underexposure to bring out the red in those as well as that nice blue eastern Nevada sky.