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Ghost Town Chronicles: Exploring the Forgotten History of Picotillo, Nevada

Embark on a journey to the past as you explore the mysterious ghost town of Picotillo in White Pine County, Nevada.

Nestled within the vast and hauntingly beautiful Nevada desert, Picotillo is a testament to the history and resilience of the American West. \

Picotillo Nevada

Picotillo Nevada Overview

Picotillo, once a thriving mining community, now stands as a ghost town within the vast landscapes of White Pine County, Nevada. With a fascinating history and a wealth of historical landmarks, Picotillo offers visitors a unique insight into the life of a bygone era.

Learn more about Ghost Town in Nevada and Ghost Towns in the Southwest.

Year Established/Founded

Picotillo was founded in the late 19th century, during the height of the American West’s mining boom.

Picotillo Nevada History

Picotillo got its name from the Spanish word “pico,” meaning “peak,” as it was located near a prominent peak in the area.

The town was established due to the discovery of valuable minerals, primarily gold and silver, attracting miners and entrepreneurs alike. Over time, Picotillo grew as a result of the successful mining operations in the surrounding area.


  • Late 19th century: Picotillo is founded
  • Early 20th century: The town’s population peaks due to mining success
  • Mid-20th century: Mining operations decline, leading to a decrease in population
  • Late 20th century: Picotillo becomes a ghost town


  1. Gold Peak Mine – Gold and Silver
  2. Silver Spur Mine – Silver
  3. Copper Crown Mine – Copper


The Nevada Central Railroad served Picotillo, providing a vital transportation link for both people and goods.

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Post Office

The Picotillo Post Office was opened in the early 20th century but was closed by the mid-20th century as the population dwindled.

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The Population of Picotillo Nevada

At its peak, Picotillo had a population of several hundred residents. Today, it remains uninhabited.


Picotillo is situated at an elevation of approximately 6,500 feet above sea level.


Picotillo is located in White Pine County, Nevada, within the expansive Nevada desert.

GPS Coordinates

It is recommended to use a detailed map or consult with local authorities for directions before venturing out to the ghost town.

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References Used

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