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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.

Humboldt County, Nevada

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Humboldt County is a county located in the state of Nevada. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 16,528. Its county seat is Winnemucca.

Humboldt County comprises the 'Winnemucca, NV Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Humboldt County Name

The county is named after the Humboldt River, which was named by John C. Fremont, after Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), a German naturalist, traveler and statesman. Humboldt never saw the places that bear his name.  The Humboldt river was named by John C. Fremont while on his exploration of 1845-1846.


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Humboldt County History

November 25, 1861 - Humboldt County is the oldest county in Nevada, created by the Utah Territorial Legislature in 1856. It was also one of Nevada's original nine counties created in 1861.  Named for the Humboldt river. The name comes from Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859). The Humboldt river was named by John C. Fremont while on his exploration of 1845-1846. Unionville was the first county seat in 1861 until the mining boom died there and it was moved to Winnemucca, on the transcontinental railroad line in 1873. Winnemucca was named after the Great Indian Chief who lived in the area. Means - Place by the river. .

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 9,658 square miles (25,014 km2), of which, 9,648 square miles (24,988 km2) of it is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) of it is water. The total area is 0.10% water.

The Santa Rosa Range runs through eastern Humboldt County.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Elko County, Nevada - east
  • Lander County, Nevada - southeast
  • Pershing County, Nevada - south
  • Washoe County, Nevada - west
  • Harney County, Oregon - north
  • Malheur County, Oregon - north
  • Owyhee County, Idaho - northeast


Humboldt County School District serves Humboldt County.

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