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Nevada Counties

There are sixteen counties and one independent city in the state of Nevada. On November 25, 1861, the first Nevada Territorial Legislature established nine counties. Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864 with eleven counties. In 1969, Ormsby County and Carson City were consolidated into a single municipal government known as Carson City.

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Churchill County, Nevada

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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.

Etymology - Origin of Churchill County Name

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.

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Churchill County History

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.

Geography: Land and Water

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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Lyon County, Nevada - west
  • Washoe County, Nevada - northwest
  • Pershing County, Nevada - north
  • Lander County, Nevada - east
  • Nye County, Nevada - southeast
  • Mineral County, Nevada - south

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