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The Pioche Record Archive

  • Pioche, Nevada
  • 18721922

About

In 1863, Paiutes disclosed to a Mormon missionary the location of silver in return for food and clothing in the vicinity of what later became Pioche, Nevada. Located in the Ely Mining District, the town was developed by San Francisco financier Francois Louis Alfred Pioche in 1868, who bought several mining claims and erected a smelter. In September of 1871, H.R. Pitchford started printing the city's first newspaper, the Ely Record, from a tent. The most prosperous mining camp in the new Lincoln County, Pioche became the county seat in 1871. Within two years, the paper expanded from a weekly, to a triweekly, and finally, to the Pioche Daily Record, although by 1877 after a year of recession, it had been reduced to a weekly (the Pioche Weekly Record). When a new owner took over in 1900, he announced "Unlike most papers [the Lincoln County Record (as it was called from 1900 to 1905)] does not start out with the intention of running first in the interest of the public, but will be run in the interest of the Proprietor and what he can make out of it." A prolonged recession from 1892 through 1904 saw most of the area's mines close, and Pioche was virtually abandoned. In 1907, the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad completed a trunk line to Pioche from its freight terminus in Caliente, providing a much needed boost to local mining operations. Pioche proved remarkably resilient, surviving flash floods, fires, and the Great Depression; it became a major lead-zinc producer until those operations closed down by 1958, only to resume production again in the late 1960s. As the town and county's primary newspaper, the Record, although it changed hands, political affiliations, and titles many times, has published continuously, except for a four-month suspension 1900. It was known as the Pioche Weekly Record in 1906-1908 and the Pioche Record in 1908-25. E. L. Nores, who purchased the paper in 1920, ran the Record for almost 40 years, retiring in 1958.

Archive Info

  • 15,239
  • Pioche, Nevada
  • 18721922

Paper History

  • Pioche Daily Record
  • The Pioche Weekly Record
  • Lincoln County Record
  • The Ely Record
  • The Pioche Tri-Weekly Record
  • Pioche Weekly Record

Source Information

The Pioche Record, 1872–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 7, 2023

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Archive Info

  • 15,239
  • Pioche, Nevada
  • 18721922

Paper History

  • Pioche Daily Record
  • The Pioche Weekly Record
  • Lincoln County Record
  • The Ely Record
  • The Pioche Tri-Weekly Record
  • Pioche Weekly Record

Source Information

The Pioche Record, 1872–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 7, 2023