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Nevada CountiesThere aresixteen 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.
Nye County, Nevada
Nye County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named for the Territorial Gov. and United States Senator, (Nevada), JJames Warren Nye (June 10, 1815 – December 25, 1876) was a United States Senator from Nevada. Born in DeRuyter, New York, he attended the common schools and Homer Academy in Homer, New York; he studied law in Troy, New York, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Madison County.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
February 16, 1864 - Named for the Territorial Gov. and United States Senator, (Nevada), James W. Nye. Nye County is the second largest county in the US (San Bernadino County in California being first. Thank you Herb) covering 18,294 square miles. Seat:
Tonapah (1905), from the Indian language "Tono" meaning thorny and "pah" which means water. It is said that a local Indian gave it the name meaning a thorny bush hiding a spring.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 18,159 square miles (47,031 kmē). 18,147
square miles (47,000 kmē) of it is land and 12 square miles (31 kmē) of it (0.07%) is water.
Cities and Towns:
- Tonopah (County Seat)
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"