When visiting the quiet community of Pioche in modern times, you’d probably never suspect this was once one of the richest, most remote, rough-and-tumble towns in Nevada and even the American West. So boisterous in fact, that nearly 60% of homicides reported in the entire state during the early 1870s occurred in Pioche. A whopping 72 people were murdered and buried in the local cemetery before any natural deaths occurred, if that tells you anything. With such a spectacular mining boom, of course a slew of businesses followed suit to cater to the workers. May we present Exhibit A: the historic Overland Hotel & Saloon.
A Fascinating History
While you can still visit an actual miner’s abode in the rear of the property today, back in the early 1900s, a Chinese family formerly owned the property that the Overland Hotel & Saloon sits on today. The Overland originally sat just around the corner from its present location, but during the 1940s a terrible restaurant fire wiped out most of Pioche. The original Overland burned to the ground, but was reconstructed in 1948 in its current location and stands exactly as you see it now. Determined to create a more lasting building, the exterior walls are made up of poured concrete and brick, then covered in stucco.
When the hotel was originally reconstructed in 1948, the entire bottom floor initially operated as a dance hall and grocery store, and the second floor housed doctors offices and hotel rooms. True to Wild West form, the only part of the Overland Hotel & Saloon that is exactly the same then as it is today is the saloon. Interestingly, the massive cherry wood bar that is in the saloon today was reconstructed after being housed in a bank and brought 118 miles down to the Overland from Kimberly, Nevada.
Over the years, the doctor’s offices and grocery store relocated or shut down, but the dance hall, hotel rooms and saloon can still be visited and enjoyed today. The current owners, Ron & Candice Mortensen purchased the property in 1996 and have completely renovated the rooms, each individually themed — except for Room 10 that is…
Staying at the Overland Today
When booking your stay at the Overland Hotel & Saloon, check out one of the many themed suites like the Victorian, Garden Room, Bear’s Den, or Fishing Hole. Or, opt for one of the standard rooms, which are equally as comfy of a retreat.
For ghost hunting aficionados, you will hit the grand slam with a stay at the Overland Hotel & Saloon, as the property is allegedly very haunted (particularly Room 10). In fact, Ghost Adventures from the Travel Channel spent an evening at the Overland Hotel & Saloon and were successful in interacting with spirits. Staff can also steer you away from haunted rooms if you’re not up for a “lively” evening.
If you prefer your encounters to be a little more celestial, you’re in luck. Sitting at an elevation of 6,060 feet, Pioche is home to some of the darkest skies in the lower 48, which means you’re in the right place for some serious deep sky stargazing. For the other type of hunters (game, that is), the Overland is a hunting-friendly establishment and offers a walk-in cooler for storing your day’s haul.
Offering a glimpse back in time with their impressive bar and comfy rooms, this historic property is proud to offer guests a selection of thirteen rooms, which provide something to suit every taste and budget. All rooms are located on the second floor, above the saloon and dance hall. No matter whether you select a themed room or a standard, each and every one provides the perfect starting place for an amazing Lincoln County experience and a welcome place to hang your hat after a long day of adventure. Map out your Lincoln County, Nevada itinerary today and be sure the Overland Hotel & Saloon is at the top of the list.
The Overland is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Rooms are individually priced, as are drinks in the saloon. Check with the property if you have any questions.