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The site was formerly a year-round camp for Native Americans gathering pine nuts.
Prior names for the settlement had been Mound Valley, Skelton and Hylton—unfortunately, all at the same time. Since no one could seem to agree on a name, postal authorities chose a new name from a list submitted by local ranchers for the new post office to be established December 18, 1918. One of the names was Jiggs, a character in the “Bringing Up Father” comic strip, who is always bickering with his wife Maggie.
- The town was featured in a 1965 Volkswagen advertising campaign in which the entire population (5 adults, 4 children and a dog) was shown comfortably seated inside a VW Bus.
- Edward Carville, Nevada Governor
- Lewis R. Bradley, Nevada Governor
- Bruce Douglas "Waddie" Mitchell, Cowboy Poet
- Carlson, Helen S. (1985). Nevada place names: a geographical dictionary. Reno: University of Nevada Press. pp. 145–146. ISBN 0-87417-094-X.
- Scriba, Jay (15 October 1970). "From Sleepy Eye to Chicken Bristle, USA". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- "Jiggs, Nevada". Howard Hickson. 2000. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
- Glionna, John M. (January 3, 2016). "Oddly named towns hark back to Nevada's colorful past". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
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