Highland Nevada Overview
Not much is found online about Highland that was in Lincoln County, Nevada so we are looking through old books and newspapers to find what we can to build the history of this town that was also known as Highland Valley, Pioche, Stampede Gap, Wheeler Ranch, and possibly Wheelerville.
From the Mining Districts of Nevada: The Highland district is located in the northern Highland Range and southern Bristol Range and generally includes the area from near Arizona Peak to north of Stampede Gap. The district is sometimes included in the Pioche district, to the east, and some properties are shared with the Comet district, to the south. Averett (1962) used the name Stampede Gap for a district in the vicinity of Stampede Gap, 10 miles west of Pioche.
The first reference we can find of the Highland District is in The Pioche Record in 1872 and continues through the decades listed as Highland District and Wheeler Ranch but nothing is found with the name of Wheelerville.
Learn more about Ghost Towns in Nevada and Ghost Towns in the Southwest.
Ore was discovered in 1869 and the district was organized the same year.
Lead, silver, gold, copper, tungsten, manganese, and iron.
The Population of Highland Nevada
According to the United States Federal Census records, the following residents lived in Highland, Lincoln County, Nevada during 1870 – 1900.
Note, that I have not looked in the area for prior census years yet.
- In 1870 there were 9 households and 21 residents
- In 1880 there were 7 households and 7 residents [The end notes of the census state: Here ends the village of Highland and Carp (or camp?) in the vicinity.]
- In 1900 there were 7 residents
- United States Federal Census
- Tingley, Joseph V. Mining Districts of Nevada, 1998