Ormsby County, Nevada

Ormsby County, Nevada

Ormsby County was a county of Nevada from 1861 until 1969. It contained Carson City, the county seat and later state capital, founded two years earlier. It was named after Major William M. Ormsby, one of the original settlers of Carson City, killed along with seventy-five other white men in 1860, in an unsuccessful attempt to subdue a perceived uprising of Paiute Indians near Pyramid Lake, Nevada, which was at the time part of Utah Territory. Portions of the county were given over to nearby counties, such as Lyon County to the east, until the county was not much larger than Carson City itself. In 1969, the county was dissolved and the independent city of Carson City took over all municipal services.

See also

  • List of extinct U.S. counties
  • List of Nevada counties


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