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On October 31, 1864, Nevada became the 36th State of the Union. This was the time of the Civil War and thus the state motto of "Battle Born". The Union needed the minerals that are abundant in this state. Beginning in 1857, several names were used to refer to this area, ie: Sierra Nevada Territory, Washoe Territory, Carson Territory, Eastern Slope, Humboldt, Esmeralda, Sierra Plata, Oro Plata and Bullion; but in 1864 she emerged as "Nevada" a Spanish word meaning snow-covered. Nevada is also known as the "Silver State" and the "Sagebrush State".

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Nevada State Bird - Mountain Blue Bird
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Nevada State Flag
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Nevada State Flower - Big Sage


Nevada State Resources


Nevada Counties

CountyJurisdictional HistoryCounty SeatCoordinator
Bullfrog
see Nye
Created in 1987 from a part of Nye County; abolished in 1989  
Carson
see Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Esmeralda, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, Washoe
Created in 1854 by Utah Territory with jurisdiction over an area now in Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Esmeralda, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe counties; abolished in 1861  
Carson CityCreated in 1969 when Carson City and Ormsby County combined to form an independent muncipalityCarson CityBill Cook
ChurchillCreated in 1861 as an original countyFallonAdopt Me!
ClarkCreated in 1909 from a part of Lincoln CountyLas VegasLureigne Gimay
DouglasCreated in 1861 as an original countyMindenBill Cook
ElkoCreated in 1869 from a part of Lander CountyElkoMaureen Brook
EsmeraldaCreated in 1861 as an original countyGoldfieldRobert Bremer
EurekaCreated in 1873 from a part of Lander CountyEurekaAdopt Me!
HumboldtCreated in 1861 as an original countyWinnemuccaAdopt Me!
Humboldt (Utah Territory)
see Churchill, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing
Created in 1856 by Utah Territory with jurisdiction over an area now in Churchill, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, and Pershing counties; abolished in 1861  
Lake
see Washoe
Created in 1861 as an original county; renamed Roop in 1862; annexed in 1883 by Washoe County  
LanderCreated in 1862 as an original countyBattle MountainMark Swarthout
LincolnCreated in 1866 from a part of Nye CountyPiocheAdopt Me!
LyonCreated in 1861 as an original countyYeringtonBill Cook
MineralCreated in 1911 from a part of Esmeralda CountyHawthorneMargaret Toole
NyeCreated in 1864 from a part of Esmeralda CountyTonopahJoy Fisher
Ormsby
see Carson City
Created in 1861 as an original county; combined with Carson City to form the independent municipality of Carson City in 1969  
Pah-Ute
see Clark
Created in 1864 by Arizona Territory with jurisdiction over an area now in Clark County; abolished in 1871  
PershingCreated in 1919 from a part of Humboldt CountyLovelockAdopt Me!
Rio Virgin
see Clark
Created in 1869 by Utah Territory with jurisdiction over an area now in Clark County; abolished in 1872  
Roop
see Washoe
Created in 1861 as an original county called Lake; renamed Roop in 1862; annexed in 1883 by Washoe County  
Saint Mary's
see Elko, Eureka, White Pine
Created in 1856 by Utah Territory with jurisdiction over an area now in Elko, Eureka, and White Pine counties; abolished in 1861  
StoreyCreated in 1861 as an original countyVirginia CityAdopt Me!
WashoeCreated in 1861 as an original countyRenoAdopt Me!
White PineCreated in 1869 from parts of Elko and Nye countiesElyJoy Fisher

Note that at the time of the 1850 census the following counties theoretically had jurisdiction over unpopulated parts of Nevada: Beaver, Iron, Millard, and Washington counties in Utah Territory, and Rio Arriba, Santa Ana, Taos, and Valencia counties in New Mexico Territory.

If you are interested in coordinating one of the adoptable counties, send a message to the State Coordinator.


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