Washoe was founded in 1861 as a lumbering camp for Virginia City and was the country seat in that year. By a few years after the population was about 5,000 people, but only 2,500 were residents. After the Virginia and Truckee Railroad has finished, Washoe has lost it importance. In 1871, the seat of the county has moved to Reno and in 1880, only 200 people lived there. In the early of the 20th century Washoe was empty. Nowadys there are many remains of many original buildings.