Few towns have had as many names as Jiggs. Originally established as a trade center for surrounding ranches in the late 1800's, the community has been known as Cottonwood (1869-70), Dry Creek (1874-79), Mound Valley (1879-81), Skelton (1884-1911), Hylton (1911-13), and finally Jiggs since 1918. Jiggs was presumably named for the character in the comic strip, "Bringing Up Father".

In the early part of the 20th Century, Skelton boasted a substantial store, hotel, community hall, school, and population of nearly 40. By the 1920's, however, Elko had become a larger trade center and Jiggs diminished. Today, a few original buildings remain and the town maintains a small, constant population.