Panaca, Nevada

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Panaca, Nevada
Census-designated place
Panaca, Nevada is located in Nevada
Panaca
Location within the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 37°47′28″N 114°23′20″W / 37.79111°N 114.38889°W / 37.79111; -114.38889Coordinates: 37°47′28″N 114°23′20″W / 37.79111°N 114.38889°W / 37.79111; -114.38889
CountryUnited States
StateNevada
CountyLincoln
Area
 • Total3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
 • Land3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total963
 • Density290/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code89042
Area code(s)775
FIPS code32-54200
GNIS feature ID0847542
Reference No.39
 
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Panaca, Nevada
Census-designated place
Panaca, Nevada is located in Nevada
Panaca
Location within the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 37°47′28″N 114°23′20″W / 37.79111°N 114.38889°W / 37.79111; -114.38889Coordinates: 37°47′28″N 114°23′20″W / 37.79111°N 114.38889°W / 37.79111; -114.38889
CountryUnited States
StateNevada
CountyLincoln
Area
 • Total3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
 • Land3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total963
 • Density290/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code89042
Area code(s)775
FIPS code32-54200
GNIS feature ID0847542
Reference No.39

Panaca is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in eastern Lincoln County, Nevada, United States, on State Route 319, about 1 mile (1.6 km) east of U.S. Route 93, near the border with Utah. Its elevation is 4,729 feet (1,441 m) above sea level. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 963.[1]

History[edit]

Panaca was southern Nevada's first permanent settlement, founded as a Mormon colony in 1864. It was originally part of Washington County, Utah, but the congressional redrawing of boundaries in 1866 shifted Panaca into Nevada. It is the only municipality in Nevada to be "dry" (forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages), and the only community in Nevada besides Boulder City that prohibits gambling.[2]

The Panaca Ward Chapel (1867-68) is the oldest building in Lincoln County.

Coke ovens here once produced charcoal for the smelters in nearby Bullionville (now a ghost town), but the town's economy is predominantly agricultural.

The name "Panaca" comes from the Southern Paiute word Pan-nuk-ker, which means "metal, money, wealth". William Hamblin, a Mormon missionary to the Paiutes, established the Panacker Ledge (Panaca Claim) silver mine there in 1864.[3]

Old Panaca Mercantile, Nevada Historical Marker #93

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Panaca CDP has an area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all of it land.[1] Along Nevada State Route 319 it is 19 miles (31 km) east to the Utah state line and from there another 60 miles (97 km) east to Cedar City, Utah. West from Panaca it is 1.0 mile (1.6 km) to U.S. Route 93, at which point it is 11 miles (18 km) north to Pioche and 14 miles (23 km) south to Caliente.

Attractions[edit]

Panaca is near Cathedral Gorge State Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Panaca CDP, Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ The Town of Panaca

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