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Nevada CountiesThere aresixteen 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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Lyon County, Nevada
Lyon County Education, Geography, and History
County Seat: Yerington
Year Organized: 1861
Square Miles: 1,994
27 South Main Street
Yerington, NV 89447-2571
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named in honor of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, who was killed in action at the battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861, near Springfield, MO. However, other historians claim it was in honor of Captain Robert Lyon who arrived in Nevada via wagon train June, 1850.
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November 25, 1861 - Named in honor of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, who was killed in action at the battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861, near Springfield, MO. However, other historians claim it was in honor of Captain Robert Lyon who arrived in Nevada via
wagon train June, 1850. Seat: Yerington (1911) for H. M. Yerington, one of the builders of the Virginia Truckee Railroad.
According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,016 square miles (5,222 km2), of which,
1,994 square miles (5,164 km2) of it is land and 23 square miles (59 km2) of it (1.13%) is water.
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- Mineral County, Nevada - southeast
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