Place:Churchill, Nevada, United States

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Churchill County is a county located in the western U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,877. The county, named after Mexican-American War hero brevet Brigadier General Sylvester Churchill, was formed in 1861. Its seat is Fallon.

Churchill County is noteworthy in that it owns and operates the local telephone carrier, Churchill County Communications.

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History

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Churchill County was established in 1861 and named after Fort Churchill (which is now in Lyon County), which was named after General Sylvester Churchill, a Mexican-American War hero who was Inspector General of the U.S. Army in 1861. Churchill County was not organized until 1864, and its county seats were Bucklands (1861–64)which is now in Lyon County, La Plata (1864–68), Stillwater (1868–1904) and Fallon (1904–present). In the 19th century there were several attempts to eliminate Churchill County because of its small population, but Assemblyman Lemuel Allen was able to stop it on all occasions including convincing the Governor to veto the bill after it had been passed by both houses in 1875.

Railroads

The Eagle Salt Works Railroad ran for , primarily on the original Central Pacific grade from Luva ( east of Fernley) to Eagle Salt Works.

The Central Pacific (the first transcontinental railroad) also ran through the county, although a portion of the original route has been shifted for a new route south of Wadsworth in favor of Fernley. The Central Pacific later became the Southern Pacific Railroad which was merged into Union Pacific in 1996.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1861 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1864 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1864 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1888 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1904 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1904 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1960 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1870 196
1880 479
1890 703
1900 830
1910 2,811
1920 4,649
1930 5,075
1940 5,317
1950 6,161
1960 8,452
1970 10,513
1980 13,917
1990 17,938

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External links

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