Place:Washoe, Nevada, United States

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Washoe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 421,407. Its county seat is Reno. Washoe County includes the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area.

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History

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Washoe County was created in 1861 as one of the original nine counties of the Nevada Territory. It is named after the Washoe people who originally inhabited the area. It was consolidated with Roop County in 1864. Washoe City was the first county seat in 1861 and was replaced by Reno in 1871.

In 1911 a small group of Bannock under a leader named "Shoshone Mike" killed four ranchers in Washoe County. A posse was formed, and on February 26, 1911, they caught up with the band, and eight of them were killed, along with one member of the posse, Ed Hogle. Three children and a woman who survived the battle were captured. The remains of some of the members of the band were repatriated from the Smithsonian Institution to the Fort Hall Idaho Shoshone-Bannock Tribe in 1994.

"For decades Paiute children growing up in northern Nevada were required by the federal government to attend a boarding school in Carson City where they learned English, not Paiute."

As of 2013, "Washoe County is the first school district in the state to offer Paiute classes," offering an elective course in the Paiute language at Spanish Springs High School.[1]

Timeline

Date Event Source
1861 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1862 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 Court 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
1870 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1887 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1890 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

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Census Year Population
1870 3,091
1880 5,664
1890 6,437
1900 9,141
1910 17,434
1920 18,627
1930 27,158
1940 32,476
1950 50,205
1960 84,743
1970 121,068
1980 193,623
1990 254,667

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External links

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