Tuscarora, Nevada

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Tuscarora, Nevada
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Tuscarora is located in Nevada
Tuscarora
Tuscarora
Location within the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 41°18′50″N 116°13′12″W / 41.31389°N 116.22000°W / 41.31389; -116.22000Coordinates: 41°18′50″N 116°13′12″W / 41.31389°N 116.22000°W / 41.31389; -116.22000
CountryUnited States
StateNevada
CountyElko
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
Reference no.48

Tuscarora is an unincorporated community in Elko County, Nevada.[1] It is home to two small schools provided by the Elko County School District. 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. The community derives its name from the Tuscarora people.[2] 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. A boom began following the discovery of silver ore.[3] A post office was established at Tuscarora in 1871.[4]

Notable people

Notes

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tuscarora, Nevada
  2. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1941). Origin of Place Names: Nevada (PDF). W.P.A. p. 30.
  3. ^ "Tuscarora Mystery," Northeastern Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, 2008, Issue 2, pp 38-40
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tuscarora Post Office

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