Nevada Rock Art Geocaching Historical Markers

Historical Marker #204

Located fourteen miles north of Pioche on road one mile west of U.S. Highway 93.


Local legend attributes the discovery to the locator picking up a rock to throw at a jackrabbit and finding himself holding high grade silver. Located on the eastern slope of the Bristol Mountains, the Jack Rabbit District, named for the mine, was located in 1876 by Isaac Newton Garrison. Within months the camp, at one time named Royal City, had a store, saloon, boarding house and restaurant. Early mine production was about ten tones per day, carrying native silver in flakes, yielding about $40 per ton - sometimes as high ad $2000 per ton. Total production of the District is estimated at about $2,000,000 to $6,000,000. Mine production declined during the 1880's, but when a fifteen-mile narrow gauge railroad was opened in 1891 between the Jackrabbit mine and Pioche, mineral production soon increased. After 1893 the mines fell silent except for several short periods of activity in 1906-07 and 1912-14.

Notes on this marker:

Highway 93 is a pretty road, I enjoy driving on it. Wish I'd had a chance to explore.

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