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Lincoln County

Silver was first shown to white settlers by Native Americans in early 1865. By the Fall of 1865, a camp had formed. Hiko means "white man's town". There was a further rush to Hiko by early 1866 and the camp grew to several hundred residents. William Raymond laid out a town site. Raymond also purchased equipment for the future five-stamp Pioneer Mill and had it hauled by oxen to the area. Raymond would later move his mill to Bullionville to work the ore from the Pioche mines. *See the pages for Bullionville, as well as the Raymond & Ely Mine in Pioche*. Hiko became the Lincoln County seat in 1867 and held that status until it was moved to Pioche in 1871. Hiko quickly declined after losing the county seat. New hope for Hiko came in 1881 when a New York man named Jay Gould surveyed the area. It was surveyed for a potential Eureka & Colorado Railroad line connecting San Francisco to Southern Utah. In 'History of Nevada 1881', it reads: "Should this road pass through Hiko, it may again become a town of some importance." This railroad line was never built and Hiko never revived.

Hiko/ Pahranagat Valley has always been an active cattle ranching area. Several large cattle ranches still operate in the immediate area of Hiko today.

Post Office: The post office was established here on June 24, 1867 and operated until modern times. I'm not sure if it is still open here, or if mail is now received at Alamo/Ash Springs.

Last Trip/ Road Conditions: Hiko is located near rural Highway 318. Although this area sees less snow than areas further north in Nevada, it can get winter weather.

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