Pioche, Nevada

  Pioche dates back to around 1863 when a Mormon missionary (I heard they favor that position) was shown some silver ore by some local Paiute Indians. Things started to takeoff when a S.F. financier by the name of  F. L. Pioche built a smelter. As usual a mining camp then sprang to life and by 1871 Pioche was home to over 7000 people and Pioche boasted 7 saloons and a booming red light district (after all, what's more important than sex and beer?).

  In 1870 there was over $600,000 in silver production, but it was the murder rate that Pioche was to become famous for. Between 1871 and 1872 60% of Nevada's reported killings occurred in Pioche. 

  In Sept. 1871 Mexicans celebrating their independence ignited 300 kegs of black powder in a local store, the resulting fire destroyed a good part of the town leaving over 2000 people homeless (I wonder if they were illegal's?).

  The silver mines of Pioche continued to operate into the 1930's until the Great Depression finally closed them down. In 1937 Pioche gained a new lease on life as a leading zinc producer. Nearly all of the mining finally came to an end in the late 1950's.

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