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Lincoln County

Lincoln County is named for Abraham Lincoln, who was a member of Congress from Illinois ( 1847-1849 and President of the United States ( 1861-1865 ).


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Nye County and White Pine County

E – Millard County, Utah, Beaver County, Utah, Iron County, Utah, Washington County, Utah and Mojave County, Arizona

S – Nye County

W – Clark County


Created:  February 25 , 1866                                                     Map of Nevada highlighting Lincoln County

County Seat: 

Crystal Springs  1867

Hiko                   1867 – 1871

Pioche               1871 – present


County Courthouse – Pioche


Location:  1 Main Street / 4th Street North

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  A Lacy Worswick of Las Vegas

Contractor:  L F Dow of Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story white colored concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pioche. The building has a higher center section with one story east and west wings. On the upper front are horizontal lines. The building has a flat roof. The courtroom is located on the north side of the first floor.


Note:  After an initial bidding process in which all bids were above the $60,000 budget, a second bid in 1938 produced a low bid of $49,347. The low bidder was L F Dow of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The building has served as the county courthouse, jail, county sheriff’s office and state office building ever since.


Old County Courthouse – Pioche



Location:  25 Lacour Street / Hoffman Street

Built:  1871 – 1872

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  T Dimmock and Thomas Keefe

Contractor:  Edward Donohue


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick structure. The north front has an arched entrance on the first story with small balcony above on the second story with another arched doorway. Vertical brick pilasters separate the windows and center section. A cornice runs below the roof linr with a square parapet at the center of the north front.


Note: The construction contract went to Edward Donohue with a payment of $16,400. For an additional $10,000, John H. Steel designed a jail directly behind the courthouse. Because of rising costs associated with changes in design, officials dissolved the building contract and hired individual contractors to finish the work. The two buildings consequently cost $75,000 upon completion in 1872. Interest on the construction debt compounded over the years until the county paid it off in 1939. Local lore maintained the cost had reached seven figures, giving it the name, “Million Dollar Courthouse.” Historian James Hulse estimates the final cost at about $800,000.


See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Eureka County and White Pine County.


History:  The first county seat was Crystal Springs and was moved to Hiko in 1867. In 1871, the county seat was moved to Pioche and the first courthouse was constructed in 1871 to 1872 and is still standing. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 to 1939.



County Courthouse – Pioche















Old County Courthopuse – Pioche







Photos taken 2008 and 2013