Ormsby County, Nevada

Ormsby County was a county in Nevada Territory from 1861 to 1864 and in the State of Nevada from 1864 until 1969. It contained Carson City, the county seat, and later, the state capital, founded two years earlier.

Ormsby County
County of Nevada
CapitalCarson City
• Established
• Disestablished
April 1, 1969
Contained within
 • CountryUnited States
 • TerritoryNevada Territory (1861–1864)
 • StateNevada (1864–1969)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Utah Territory
Carson City
Today part ofUnited States


It was named after Major William Ormsby, one of the original settlers of Carson City, killed along with seventy-five other men in 1860, in an unsuccessful attempt to subdue a perceived uprising of Paiute people near Pyramid Lake, Nevada, which was at the time part of Utah Territory.[1]


Ormsby County Courthouse in Carson City.

Ormsby County was established in 1861 with creation of Nevada Territory. The county's population dwindled significantly after the gold rush days. By the late 1940s, it was little more than Carson City and a few surrounding hamlets to the west. Discussions began about merging Carson City with Ormsby 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.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Carson City Essay--Three Historic Nevada Cities: Carson City, Reno and Virginia City--A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary". National Park Service. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  2. ^ "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