As befitting a town with such rich and rambunctious history, Pioche’s Lincoln County Historical Museum is located in a building with a fascinating and rather tumultuous past of its own. The structure was originally built around 1900 by an A.S. Thompson. After suffering damage from a fire, the building was rebuilt and later remodeled in 1929 in a bid to make it more modern. Before being donated to the county to serve as a museum, it housed a mercantile and clothing store.
Today, visitors to the Lincoln County Historical Museum will not only find a historic building, but also a museum that has evolved into a truly fascinating tour of the past. Exhibits and displays in the ever-growing museum collection chronicle the history of both Pioche and the surrounding, southeastern Nevada area. Some of the museum’s most interesting displays are dedicated to the area’s earliest American Indian inhabitants, while other exhibits have a strong Chinese emphasis. Visitors to the museum will also find a vast selection of mining tools and mineral specimens from the region, antique furniture, vintage musical instruments, more. Best yet, visitors can count on finding a handful of relics that are uniquely specific to Pioche, like a combination fork and knife multi tool that belonged to a doctor after losing his arm when performing surgery, an antique dental x-ray machine, part of the original newspaper press belonging to the Pioche Daily Record, and a Chinese Jukebox, just to name a few.
Before hitting the Great Basin Highway and exploring this delightfully remote section of southeastern Nevada, be sure to plan out your trip to the Lincoln County Historical Museum. It’s not just anywhere where you can zero in on photographs and documents from the people who shaped the history of the country.
Admission to Pioche’s Lincoln County Historical Museum is free, though this enriching cultural center depends on donations. These contributions help with establishing and preservation of museum exhibits, and support future additions and exhibits to the property. When visiting this valuable historical resource, please consider making a donation!
The museum is typically open most days of the week, but as it’s dependent on volunteers exclusively, hours can vary. Before planning a stop, make sure they’re open! Please call (775) 962-5207.