Boot Hill Cemetery
Crime was rampant in Pioche in the early 1870’s. During the first few years of Pioche’s boom days it was said that 72 men “were buried with their boots on” before anyone died of natural causes. Many of these men are buried in this old Boot Hill Cemetery.
The historic marker “Pioche’s Boot Hill” says:
A mining town from the late 1860s, Pioche is one of the most intact historic communities in Southern Nevada. Named for Francois L.A. Pioche, a San Francisco financier who, with partners, acquired some of the earliest claims in the area, the town grew quickly. Its isolation led to a lawlessness which was as famous as its mines.
The many murders in the area led to the creation of Boot Hill, the earliest cemetery in Pioche. There were six deaths from lead poisioning in the town before the first person died of natural causes, and this cemetery was in active use during the boom years. Though religious and fraternal cemeteries were later created, Boot Hill continued to be used for many years. Though in use today, Boot Hill remains a part of the history of Pioche. Let us not forget those who are buried here, for they too are a part of our heritage.