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Lincoln County was formed February 25, 1866 from lands previously belonging to  Utah and the Arizona Territory. It was named for President Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president. Although settlements were initially begun by the Mormon Church and mining, the area has become mostly ranching.

The county seat is located in Pioche which was named in honor of F. L. A. Pioche, a French banker of San Francisco, who was associated with Meadow Valley Mining. The new town was laid out in 1869 or 1870 by P. McCnnon, L. Lacour and A. M. Bush. This town was reported to be one of the wildest of the Old West. It is said that between sixty to seventy-five men were slain before anyone in the town died of natural causes. Early Pioche was estimated to have a population of 15,000 at one time and had two thousand claims by 1873.  During a second population boom in 1939, the Pioche Mining District produced over $70,000,000 mainly in lead and zinc. Pioche is also a terminal of a branch of the UP Railroad.


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