Nevada, Iowa

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Nevada (pronounced /nəˈveɪdə/ nə-VAY-də) is a city in and the county seat of Story County, Iowa, United States.[1] The population was 6,658 at the 2000 census. It is also part of the 'Ames, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area', which is a part of the larger 'Ames-Boone, Iowa Combined Statistical Area'. Eight miles west of Nevada are Ames (and Iowa State University) which are much larger in population. Nontheless, Nevada is the county seat with all Story County offices located here. The city's name is pronounced differently from the state of the same name.



The city was founded October 12, 1853 by Johnson Edgar of Jasper County by appointment of the Iowa Legislature to find the county seat of Story County. Its name, "Nevada," was proposed by Joseph Thrift after the Sierra Nevada mountains. The city was named a decade before the state received a similar name.

The city was originally surveyed at 49 blocks in a square. This plat of 7 by 7 blocks had six east-west streets and six north-south streets. The east-west streets were named:

  • Sixth Street (northern-most street)
  • Fifth Street
  • Fourth Street
  • Third Street
  • Second Street
  • First Street (southern-most street)

And the north-south streets were named:

  • Sycamore Street (western-most street)
  • Walnut Street
  • Chestnut Street
  • Main Street
  • Lynn Street
  • Oak Street (eastern-most street)

The original block numbers were:


Nevada is located at 42°01′09″N 93°27′06″W / 42.019152°N 93.451775°W / 42.019152; -93.451775 (42.019152, -93.451775).[2]

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