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The unincorporated town of Pioche is the county seat of Lincoln County, Nevada. Named for Francois Louis Alfred Pioche, a San Francisco financier and land speculator, the first settlement there was by Mormons in 1864, after a silver mine was opened. Later, the town was abandoned due to Indian raids, and recolonized in 1868, when Francois Pioche purchased the town, after which it became an important silver mining town. In its early days, and due to its remote location, Pioche developed a reputation for being one of the toughest towns in the Old West. Tradition has it that seventy-two men were killed in gunfights before the first natural death occurred in Pioche. Pioche’s Boot Hill is a city landmark. Pioche is 180 miles northeast of Las Vegas.



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