Ormsby County, Nevada

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Ormsby County, Nevada was a county of Nevada from 1861 until 1969. It contained Carson City, the county seat, and later, the 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.

The county contained little more than Carson City and a few surrounding hamlets, among them Stewart, Lakeview and New Empire. By the late 1940s, discussions began about merging the city and county. However, the effort never got beyond the planning stages until 1966, when a statewide referendum formally approved the merger. The required constitutional amendment was passed in 1968. On April 1, 1969; Ormsby County and Carson City officially merged as the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City.[1]

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  1. ^ "About Carson City". Carson City. May 29, 2006. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 

Coordinates: 39°09′53″N 119°46′35″W / 39.16472°N 119.77639°W / 39.16472; -119.77639