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Churchill County is a county located in the western state of Nevada. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 24,877. Its county seat
is Fallon. The county, named after Mexican-American War hero brevet Brigadier General Sylvester Churchill, was formed in 1861.
Churchill County comprises the Fallon, NV Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in northwestern Nevada.
The name derived from Fort Churchill, a post office in Lyon County, established on October 9, 1860. The Fort was named in honor of General Sylvester Churchill, of Vermont.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
November 25th, 1861 - One of the first nine counties. The name derived from Fort Churchill, a post office in Lyon County, established on October 9, 1860. The Fort was named in honor of General Sylvester Churchill, of Vermont. Churchill County is the center of honey production for Nevada. Seat: Fallon. The turn of the century brought new hope for Churchill County as it's arid desert land became the focal point the nation's most ambitious reclamation projects - the Newlands Project of 1902, named after Senator Francis Newlands. A system of canals and dams was created diverting water to create thousands of acres of farmland. This project gave birth to Fallon, one of the few communities in the state founded entirely on farming. Fallon also started as a Post Office, July 24th, 1896, and was the fourth county seat.
Churchill County is in northwestern Nevada in the southwestern United States. According to the US Census
Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,023 square miles (13,010 km2), of which, 4,929 square miles (12,766 km2) of
it is land and 94 square miles (244 km2) of it (1.88%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: