Humboldt County, Nevada

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Humboldt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of 2007, the population was estimated to be 18,052.[1] Its county seat is Winnemucca[2].

The county was the site of an arrest in 2000 that led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada in 2004.



Humboldt County is Nevada's oldest county, 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 which John C. Fremont named after Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist, traveler and statesman. Humboldt never saw the places that bear his name. 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.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 9,658 square miles (25,014.1 km2), of which 9,648 square miles (24,988.2 km2) is land and 10 square miles (25.9 km2) is water. The total area is 0.10% water.

The Santa Rosa Range runs through eastern Humboldt County.

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