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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.
Washoe County, Nevada
Washoe County History, Geography, and Demographics
County Seat: Reno
Year Organized: 1861
Square Miles: 6,342
P.O. Box 11130
Reno, NV 89520-0027
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named after a small Indian tribe known as the Wassou Indians, which means tall bunch grass or rye grass. It is also reported to be the ethnic name of the small Hokan-speaking tribe that inhabited the area, the Washoe from Washiu, meaning "person".
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November 25, 1861 - Named after a small Indian tribe known as the Wassou Indians, which means tall bunch grass or rye grass. It is also reported to be the ethnic name of the small Hokan-speaking tribe that inhabited the area, the Washoe from Washiu, meaning
"person". Seat: Reno - May 9th, 1868 Mexican War veterans requested the railroad officials to name the town for General Jesse Lee Reno, a Union soldier killed in action at South Mountain, near Pennsylvania and western Maryland, Sept. 14th, 1862.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 6,551 square miles (16,968 kmē), of which,
6,342 square miles (16,426 kmē) of it is land and 209 square miles (541 kmē) of it is water. The total area is 3.19%
- Humboldt County, Nevada - east
- Pershing County, Nevada - east
- Churchill County, Nevada - east
- Lyon County, Nevada - southeast
- Storey County, Nevada - south
- Carson City, Nevada - south
- Placer County, California - southwest
- Nevada County, California - west
- Sierra County, California - west
- Lassen County, California - west
- Modoc County, California - west
- Lake County, Oregon - north
- Harney County, Oregon - northeast
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