“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Crystal Springs in Lincoln County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Hiko Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, June 15, 2007
1. Hiko Marker
Inscription.  As early as 1865, a camp was established here and in the Spring of 1866, Colonel W.H. Raymond and others laid out the townsite. Hiko, situated in the Pahranagat range of mountains, is an Indian expression for "white man's town." Raymond, with Eastern capital, purchased the machinery for a five stamp mill and had it shipped via the Colorado River to Callville, then hauled by oxen the 140 miles to this site. In November, 1866, milling was begun on Pahranagat ores and soon after, Hiko became the first county seat of Lincoln County in March 1867. Raymond spent nearly $900,000 building roads, erecting dwellings, setting up the mill, prospecting and mining before the enterprise failed. The mill was moved to Bullionville in 1870 and consequently, Hiko declined in population and importance. The decline was accelerated after the removal of the county government to Pioche in February, 1871.
Erected 1976 by Nevada State Park System, Nevada Historical Society. (Marker Number 206.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1871.
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37° 35.803′ N, 115° 13.435′ W. Marker is near Crystal Springs, Nevada, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Nevada Route 318 at milepost 5, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located five miles north of Crystal Springs on SR 318. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hiko NV 89017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crystal Springs (approx. 4˝ miles away).
Also see . . .  New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Changes have been made to the marker for grammar, readability, and content. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
Marker along route 318 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, June 15, 2007
2. Marker along route 318
Hiko Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2013
3. Hiko Marker
View south on Nevada Route 318.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,365 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on October 17, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 27, 2024