Tuscarora, September 2012
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Tuscarora is an unincorporated community in Elko County, Nevada, United States. The community lies on the east side of the Tuscarora Mountains approximately 40 miles north of Carlin. Tuscarora is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Tuscarora was founded in Elko County after an expedition by trader William Heath to find gold, in 1867. The community derives its name from the Tuscarora people. As miners flocked to the town, a fort was built to offer protection from Indian raids and a water ditch was created to supply the town with water. Many Chinese men who had been employed by the Central Pacific Railroad (CPR) relocated to the town and began placer mining. By 1870, Tuscarora had a population of 119 of whom 104 were Chinese.
A post office was established at Tuscarora in 1871. A boom began following the discovery of silver ore. In 1879, the population of Tuscarora reached 1,500 making it one of the larger settlements in entire Nevada.
Tuscarora is home to two small schools provided by the Elko County School District.
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