Founded in 1866 and named for President Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln County is located on the south eastern edge of the great state of Nevada. The county is the third largest in the state of Nevada and ranks a respectable number seven at the national level. Boasting 10,627 square miles and only 5,345 as of the 2010 national census, Lincoln offers limitless opportunity to get lost and explore.
Lincoln County was originally named Stewart County for the Nevada Senator at the time, however, the name was changed to Lincoln after the assassination or President Abraham Lincoln. The first county seat was Crystal Springs, however this honor was moved to Hiko in 1867 and Pioche in 1871.
Lincoln county originally included a small ranch village and a railroad siding called Las Vegas, Nevada. This future entertainment capital was moved over into the newly found Clark County in July, 1909.
Humans have lived in the areas for thousands of years before the European Settles established themselves. Originally, the Basketmakers and later the Fremont people established live along water sources. They built “Pueblos” and cultivated beans, squash and corn. Starting in 900 A.D. with the Southern Paiute tribes came to the area and traveled seasonally hunting and gathering food supplies such as nuts, speeds, roots and berries. It was not until 1849, when the “Old Spanish Trail” led Mormon settlers into the area.
Today, Lincoln county is considered by many to be the UFO Capital of the World and is a destination of many UFOologists. Rachel, Nevada and the infamous Area 51 are found within its borders and the famed “Extraterrestrial Highway”, Nevada State Route 375 lies within county lines. Wide open spaces make this area a great place to visit for mountain biking, off-roading, geocaching and overall almost any out door activity.
Lincoln County Ghost Towns