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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.

Storey County, Nevada

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Storey County is a county located in the state of Nevada. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 4,010, making it the third-least populous county in Nevada. Its county seat is Virginia City.

Storey County is part of the Reno, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area

Etymology - Origin of Storey County Name

Named after Edward Farris Storey, Captain of Co. K The Virginia Rifles, Washoe Regiment. On June 2nd, 1860 he was killed in battle during an engagement at the Pyramid Lake Indian War.


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Storey County History

November 25, 1861 - Storey County was created in 1861 and named for Captain Edward Farris Storey, who was killed in 1860 in the Pyramid Lake War. It was the most populous county in Nevada when organized in 1861. Virginia City is the county seat. Named after Edward Farris Storey, Captain of Co. K The Virginia Rifles, Washoe Regiment. It was originally to be named McClellan County after General George B. McClellan, who later ran unsuccessfully against Abraham Lincoln for President in the 1864 election. Storey County benefited from the discovery of Comstock Lode silver. County Seat: Virginia City.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 264 square miles (683 km2), of which, 263 square miles (682 km2) of it is land and 0 square miles (1 km2) of it (0.13%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Washoe County, Nevada - north, west
  • Lyon County, Nevada - south, east
  • Carson City, Nevada - very small border to the southwest


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