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


Panaca Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Karen Key, November 24, 2008
1. Panaca Marker
Inscription.  Southern Nevada’s first permanent settlement and perhaps one of its most unique, was settled as a Mormon colony by Francis C. Lee and others in 1864. Poor in resources but rich in people, Panaca has changed but slowly down through the years. Although mining at nearby Bullionville and Pioche has had its effect, Panaca remains an agricultural community.

The post office was established in 1867, moved to Bullionville in 1874, and returned to “Panaker” in 1879. During the 1870’s coke ovens produced charcoal here for the smelters at Bullionville.

Originally located in Washington Country, Utah, Panaca became a portion of Nevada by an act of Congress, dated May 5, 1866. As the boundary was not then surveyed, a dispute arose over taxes levied by Lincoln County, Nevada. Only after a long period of bitter litigation was the matter settled in favor of the Panaca citizenry on December 4, 1971.

There are those who lived and died in this community where they were born; others became world travelers. In their unspectacular way, many helped create the great pioneer story.

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Nevada State Park System
Lincoln County Area Development Committee
NSP 5-5-69
Erected 1969 by Nevada State Park System and Lincoln County Area Development Committee. (Marker Number 39.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Political SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is May 5, 1866.
Location. 37° 47.4′ N, 114° 23.283′ W. Marker is in Panaca, Nevada, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Highway 319, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Panaca NV 89042, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Panaca Ward Chapel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Panaca Mercantile (about 300 feet away); Panaca Spring (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clover Valley Mountains Steam Engine/Sawmill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cathedral Gorge (approx. 1.4 miles away); Bullionville (approx. 1˝ miles away); Miller's Point / Cathedral Gorge (approx. 3.1 miles away); Wheeler Monument (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Panaca.
Also see . . .  New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state
Panaca Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Karen Key, November 24, 2008
2. Panaca Marker
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. Minor changes have been made to the marker for grammar and readability. The marker was amended to remove the wording "and perhaps one of its most unique" in the first paragraph and "Panaker" in the second paragraph and to remove the last paragraph. 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.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2008, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 968 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 10, 2008, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.

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Sep. 28, 2023