Eastern Mojave Vegetation Pioche, Lincoln County, Nevada.

Query: G.N.I.S.

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Mining town in east-central Nevada.

In 1869, Francois Pioche, a San Francisco businessman, bought out some of the claims of the Meadow Valley Mining Company. A town sprang up around the claims on the “panacker ledge,” which became known as Pioche's City, or Pioche. More prospectors drifted into the area and staked claims, sometimes overlapped prior ones. Mine owners resorted to hiring guards and gunfighters to protect their mining claims. Guns were the only law, and Pioche made Bodie, Tombstone, and other better known towns pale in comparison with its violence. It has been claimed that seventy-five men died “with boots on” before anyone in Pioche died of natural causes.

Elevation: 6066ft, 1849m.

Articles that refer to this location:

  • Field Notes: 20090605040
  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Miss Maud Minthorn
  • Autecology of Desert Elkweed Frasera albomarginata S. Watson (Syn: Swertia a.) Gentianaceae in the American Southwest: near Pioche
  • U. S. Highway 93: Pioche

Literature Referring To This Location:

  • Anonymous. n. d.. Lincoln County: Driving Tours and Walking Tours. {TAS-pdf} There are several sources for this uncredited document: Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce (www.lincolncountynevada.com) and Pioche Chamber of Commerce (www.piochenevada.com).

Species collected at or near this location.

This list summarizes plants collected or observed at this specific, named location. It does not include plants collected or observed at nearby named or unnamed locations. It may be more instructive to use the Area Lists that contain this location.

  • TAS – The plant was collected by Tom Schweich.
  • Oth – The plant was collected by someone, but not Tom.
  • Obs – The plant was observed, but not collected.


Frasera albomarginata S. Watson. (Oth)

Total number of taxa: 1
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Listed Weeds:
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Date and time this article was prepared:4:24:59 PM, 2/5/2024.