108 Davis St, Pioche, NV, 89043
$45,000 ~ Reduced to $35,000 ~ Sold for $28,000
The home is more or less worth the money for the history behind the town.The first modern settlement at Pioche was in 1864 with the opening of a silver mine. The settlers didn’t stay long, however, because the local Indian tribes were not happy that their land was being usurped and launched a series of raids and massacres. The settlers returned in 1868, after the Indian raids were stopped and San Francisco land speculator François Pioche purchased the town. By the early 1870s, Pioche had become one of the most important silver-mining towns in the state and one of the roughest in the Old West.
Plenty of confusion over whose mine claims were whose led mine owners to hire guards. In 1872, Tom and Ed Newland hired gunmen to takeover the highly successful mine owned by William H. Raymond and John Ely. Raymond and Ely then hired four more men who subsequently raided the Newland mine during the night, killing one of the Newland guards. This led to a gunfight in the middle of town.
According to Wikipedia, “It was reported that nearly 60 percent of the homicides reported in Nevada during 1871–72 took place in and around Pioche. 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.”
While there are very few mines and no mills operating today, rock hounds have a good time exploring the old tailings around the area, and there are hundreds of miles of dirt roads leading into the backcountry.
The desert, once covered with mining paraphernalia, is now covered with blooming wildflowers if you visit in the spring. For a really spectacular show, come in the autumn when entire hillsides come alive with vibrant shades of yellow, red, and orange, providing great vantage points for the expansive views of the Meadow Valley and desert ranges in the distance. Pioche is a hub for fishing, hunting, and other recreation, with a number of lakes and state parks nearby.
Pioche gets some snow in the winter. Spring through fall is the best time to visit, although at times, summer temperatures can get pretty warm.
Pioche is a bit different from most of the ghost towns we visit in two ways. First, it’s not a complete ghost town, as it’s still the functioning county seat for Lincoln County, Nevada. Second, it’s not on a dirt road. As we mentioned, though, there are plenty of dirt roads heading out from Pioche that make it a must-visit destination. Maybe the influx of off-roaders will make Pioche wild again!