Humboldt County, Nevada
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Location of Humboldt County in Nevada:
Humboldt County comprises the Winnemucca, NV Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Humboldt County is the oldest county in Nevada, created by the Utah Territorial Legislature in 1856. It was also one of Nevada’s original nine counties created in 1861. The county is named after the Humboldt River, which was named by John C. Frémont, after 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.
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The Santa Rosa Range runs through eastern Humboldt County. The highest point in the county, 9,731-ft (2966 m) Granite Peak, is in the range. The most topographically prominent mountain in Humboldt County is unofficially known as Dan Dobbins Peak and is in the remote Jackson Mountains.
- Harney County, Oregon – northwest
- Malheur County, Oregon – north
- Owyhee County, Idaho – northeast/Mountain Time Border
- Elko County – east
- Lander County – southeast
- Pershing County – south
- Washoe County – west
National protected areas
- Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (part)
- Humboldt National Forest (part)
- Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (part)