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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Created out of northern Esmeralda County shortly after the county seat of Esmeralda was moved to Goldfield in 1907.- February 10, 1911 - Named for the many mineral deposits in the area.
Its name came from the surrounding area, which is heavily mineralized. Hawthorne has always been its county seat. Hawthorne, named for William Hawthorne, a rancher and early justice of the peace; served as constable in Carson City.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,813 square miles (9,876 km2), of which,
3,756 square miles (9,729 km2) of it is land and 57 square miles (146 km2) of it (1.48%) is water.
The highest point in Mineral County is Mount Grant at 11,285 ft (3,440 m).