Nevada County Histories

The name Nevada is derived from the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, which means “snow-capped mountain range” in Spanish. The land comprising the modern state was inhabited by Native Americans of the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe tribes prior to European contact. It was subsequently claimed by Spain as a part of Alta California until the Mexican War of Independence brought it under Mexican control.

Flag of NevadaThe United States gained the territory in 1848 following its victory in the Mexican-American War and the area was eventually incorporated as part of Utah Territory in 1850. The discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 led to a population boom that was an impetus to the creation of Nevada Territory out of western Utah Territory in 1861.

Eight days prior to the presidential election of 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in the union. Statehood was rushed to the date of October 31 to help ensure Abraham Lincoln’s reelection on November 8 and post-Civil War Republican dominance in Congress, as Nevada’s mining-based economy tied it to the more industrialized Union. As it turned out, however, Lincoln and the Republicans won the election handily, and did not need Nevada’s help.

Nevada is notable for being one of only two states to significantly expand its borders after admission to the Union. The other is Missouri, which acquired additional territory in 1837 due to the Platte Purchase. Nevada achieved its current southern boundaries on May 5, 1866, when it absorbed the portion of Pah-Ute County in the Arizona Territory west of the Colorado River, essentially all of present day Nevada south of the 37th parallel.

As of 1919 there were 17 counties in Nevada. In 1969 Ormsby County was dissolved and the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City was created by the Legislature in its place. While officially a consolidated municipality, for many purposes under state law Carson City is considered to be a county.

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  1. THOMAS WREN, A HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NEVADA: ITS RESOURCES AND PEOPLE, LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1904
  2. CELEBRATION OF NEVADA’S SEMICENTENNIAL OF STATEHOOD
  3. LAMBERT MOLINELLI , EUREKA AND ITS RESOURCES; A COMPLETE HISTORY OF EUREKA COUNTY, NEVADA, CONTAINING THE UNITED STATES MINING LAWS, THE MINING LAWS OF THE DISTRICT, BULLION PRODUCT AND OTHER STATISTICS FOR 1878, AND A LIST OF COUNTY OFFICERS., 1879
  4. MAUDE M. GARWOOD, GREATER NEVADA, ITS RESOURCES & POSSIBILITIES , 1905
  5. HUBERT H. BANCROFT, HISTORY OF NEVADA, COLORADO, AND WYOMING, 1540-1888 , 1890
  6. HISTORY OF NEVADA, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS & BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ITS PROMINENT MEN & PIONEERS.
  7. HISTORY OF THE COMSTOCK SILVER LODE & MINES; NEVADA & THE GREAT BASIN REGION; LAKE TAHOE & THE HIGH SIERRAS
  8. CORA F. WHITE, LYON COUNTY, WHERE IT IS AND WHAT IT CONTAINS: CLOSE TO CALIFORNIA, MADE UP OF RICH VALLEYS AND MINERAL-LADEN HILLS, 1913
  9. MINING AND OTHER RESOURCES OF EUREKA COUNTY, NEVADA , 1909
  10. J.E. CHURCH, NEVADA STATE UNIVERSITY TRI-DECENNIAL CELEBRATION, MAY 28 TO JUNE 2, 1904 , 1904
  11. POLK’S RENO CITY, WASHOE COUNTY AND CARSON CITY DIRECTORY, 1921
  12. RENO; A BOOK OF STORIES AND INFORMATION
  13. JANE ADAMS, THE CLASH IN NEVADA; A HISTORY OF WOMAN’S FIGHT FOR ENFRANCHISEMENT. THE NEVADA SUFFRAGE FIGHT, 1914
  14. SAM DAVIS, THE HISTORY OF NEVADA (2 VOLUMES), 1913
  15. A.J. WELLS, THE NEW NEVADA, WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT IS TO BE. THE ERA OF IRRIGATION AND THE DAY OF OPPORTUNITY , 1906
  16. THE PAGEANT OF NEVADA HISTORY IN CELEBRATION OF THE SEMI-CENTENNIAL OF NEVADA STATEHOOD, NEVADA HIST. SOCIETY, 1914
  17. WHOS WHO IN NEVADA , BESSIE BEATTY, 1917

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