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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.

Eureka County, Nevada

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Eureka County is a county located in the state of Nevada. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 1,987, making it the second-least populous county in Nevada. Its county seat is Eureka.

Eureka County is part of the Elko Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Eureka County Name

The story is that the name derives from a discovery of silver ore, and a miner shouting "Eureka!", which is Greek for I have found it.


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Eureka County History

March 1, 1873 - Eureka County was established in 1873 and formed from Lander County after silver was discovered more than 100 miles (160 km) east of Austin. The residents of the new mining camp complained that Austin was too far to go for county business and a new county was created. It was named for the ancient Greek term, Eureka, meaning, "I have found it." This term was used earlier in California and other locations. Eureka has always been the county seat.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,180 square miles (10,826 km2), of which, 4,176 square miles (10,816 km2) of it is land and 4 square miles (10 km2) of it (0.10%) is water.

The highest point in the county is the 10,631 ft (3240 m) summit of Diamond Peak in the Diamond Mountains along the border with White Pine County

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Elko County, Nevada - north, northeast
  • White Pine County, Nevada - east
  • Nye County, Nevada - south
  • Lander County, Nevada - west


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