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Jackrabbit Nevada

Jackrabbit Nevada

Jackrabbit Nevada Overview

Located on the eastern slopes of the Bristol Range in Lincoln County, Nevada, Jackrabbit was a silver mining camp that is now one of many Nevada ghost towns.

At the very bottom of this article are newspaper clippings from the late 1800s that mention the town of Jackrabbit, formerly known as Royal City.

Jackrabbit is Nevada Historical Mark #204, click here to view other Nevada Historical Markers.

Jackrabbit, Nevada Historical Marker No. 204, U.S. 93, Nevada

Local legend attributes the discovery of silver here to a person picking up a rock to throw at a jackrabbit and finding himself holding high-grade ore. The JackRabbit District, named for the mine, was located in 1876 by Isaac Newton Garrison. Early mine production of the camp, at one time named Royal City, was about ten tons per day, carrying native silver in flakes, yielding about $40 per ton – sometimes as high as $2,000 per ton. Mineral production declined during the 1880s, but when a fifteen-mile narrow-gauge railroad was opened in 1891 between the Jackrabbit Mine and Pioche, mining soon increased. After 1893 the mines fell silent except for several short periods of activity in 1906-1907 and 1912-1914.

Year Established/Founded


Jackrabbit Nevada History

Originally called Royal City, the name was changed to Jackrabbit supposedly after a prospector threw a rock at a jackrabbit and found that he was holding silver! (Sort of like the story of how Jim Butler found gold in the Tonopah area.)

The area was home to a saloon, blacksmith, store, and boarding home, with evidence gone today of their existence.

The Mines at Jackrabbit Nevada

Primary Minerals were silver, copper, lead, and zinc.

The population of Jackrabbit Nevada

Unknown at this time.

Post Office

Known as Royal City from October 15, 1878 – January 26, 1879.

Managed By

Privately owned by Kerr-McGee/Bristol Silver Mines Company.

Area Size

Unknown at this time.


6,339′ – 7,251′

Time Zone

Jackrabbit is located in the Pacific Time Zone, the same as Las Vegas. 

The timezones change in the Southwest so be sure you know what time it is where you are: Southwest Time Zones

GPS Coordinates

38.095623, -114.582168 (to the historical marker)

How to Get to Jackrabbit Nevada

The ghost town of Jackrabbit Nevada is about 14 miles north of Pioche and one mile west of the US 93.

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Jackrabbit Nevada

The Pioche Record • Pioche, Nevada • 15 Sep 1877, Sat • Page 3

Prospecting. The recent developments in the Jackrabbit and Mayflower mines has again started the prospecting element of Pioche out in search of new mines. Daily for the past two weeks a number of men, some of whom have left paying jobs, have started for Bristol and its vicinity to see if they will not be lucky in striking something rich and paying, and we hope before long to chronicle a number of good strikes in tout section. If several are made similar to the Jackrabbit and Mayflower our citizens will not care whether the Trustees of the Meadow Valley mine put in the pump or leaves the mine as it is.

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