Jiggs, Nevada

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Jiggs, Nevada
Unincorporated community
2013-10-20 15 46 04 View north along Nevada State Route 228 in Jiggs.JPG
Jiggs is located in Nevada
Location within the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 40°25′33″N 115°39′55″W / 40.42583°N 115.66528°W / 40.42583; -115.66528Coordinates: 40°25′33″N 115°39′55″W / 40.42583°N 115.66528°W / 40.42583; -115.66528
Country United States
State Nevada
County Elko
Population (2000)
 • Total 2
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Jiggs is an unincorporated community in Elko County, Nevada (USA) at the south end of State Route 228. It contains a very small school.

The community is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area. Jiggs is located at the southwestern foothills of the extensive Ruby Mountains; the community is about 30 miles south of Elko.


The site was formerly a year-round camp for Native Americans gathering pine nuts.[1]


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.[1][2]

Film history[edit]

  • 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.

Notable residents[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Carlson, Helen S. (1985). Nevada place names: a geographical dictionary. Reno: University of Nevada Press. pp. 145–146. ISBN 0-87417-094-X. 
  2. ^ Scriba, Jay (15 October 1970). "From Sleepy Eye to Chicken Bristle, USA". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jiggs, Nevada". Howard Hickson. 2000. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  4. ^ a b Glionna, John M. (January 3, 2016). "Oddly named towns hark back to Nevada's colorful past". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2016.