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This study was initiated in 1953 with the preparation of a critical bibliography of Nevada place name materials, written as a seminar paper under the direction of Professor Charlton Laird at the University of Nevada for submission to Professor Thomas Matthews Pearce, editor of "Names and Places," Western Folklore. Subsequent investigation into names of the Comstock Lode mines, a thesis prepared at the University of Nevada, and names along the line of nineteenth-century railroads in Nevada, published in Western Folklore (April, 1956), led to this state survey of some 3,000 names, representing perhaps a tenth of the name body of Nevada and making no claim to complete an exhaustive name tracing. The purpose of the study is to identify and locate a place and, insofar as is possible, to tell when, why, and by whom a place was named and to relate it to the land, history, and people of Nevada. The names include all existing post offices, counties, railway stations, and national forests, cities, towns, and settlements, the best known lakes, creeks, mountain ranges and peaks, canyons and washes. Ranches, mail stations, mines, and forts of historical importance have been included. Postulates offered on the basis of this study may be later altered or confirmed, but will nonetheless serve those who in the future endeavor to expand and supplement the Nevada name story.

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Thomas Matthews Pearce

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Ernest Warren Baughman

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Katherine Gauss Simons



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carlson_nv_map_50_full.tif (156367 kB)
US Dept of Interior State of Nevada Map, 1941