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Remnants of two chimneys from homes greet visitors entering Tuscarora. The former mining camp, considered a "living ghost town," thrives today thanks to a merging of past and present attractions.  

TUSCARORA – Join artists, ranchers and others in Tuscarora for a large community event on June 19.

The Tuscarora Pottery School, Friends of Tuscarora Independence Valley and the Tuscarora Ladies Club are partnering to host this fun-filled day.

The Tuscarora Experience is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19, 2021. The event celebrates the vibrant spirit of the Independence Valley and the 55th anniversary of the Tuscarora Pottery School.

The school will feature hand-crafted work from gallery teachers. Artwork by Dennis Parks, Ben Parks, Ron Arthaud, Elaine Parks, Goedele Vanhille, Jerry Hendershot and Gail Rappa will be raffled. Plein air painter Ron Arthaud will give a demonstration.

Former Tuscarora Pottery School students will demonstrate wheel throwing. There will also be a raku fundraiser. Participants will be able to glaze a ceramic piece and watch it get raku-fired.

Historian Jan Petersen will be giving a tour of the Tuscarora Cemetery, which has much historical significance.

Society Hall will be open and folks can visit to see other historical information about the community and its heyday as one of Nevada’s leading mining towns.

Tuscarora artist Joan Giannecchini will have her work, “The Celestials: Chinese of the Old West” on display. The artwork embodies the Chinese experience during the mining boom starting in 1872. According to Giannecchini, there were about 4,000 Chinese in the region at one time.

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“The Tuscarora Pottery School has been in operation for 55 years,” said artist and pottery school board member Gail Rappa. “The gallery will be open for those who want to see all of Dennis Parks’ works in one place.”

Parks, who founded the school with wife, Julie, died earlier this year.

“The Lady’s Club will serve coffee and iced tea and have baked goods in the hall,” Rappa said.

A chili and cornbread lunch will also be available.

Tuscarora is an hour northwest of Elko, seven miles off Highway 226.

Tuscarora Pottery School is hosting workshops this summer. For information visit the website at

For more information, contact Elaine Parks at 323-636-6262 or

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