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Nevada Place Names

A Geographical Dictionary

Helen Carlson

Publication Year: 1974

Author and researcher Helen Carlson spent almost fourteen years searching for the origins of Nevada’s place names, using the maps of explorers, miners, government surveyors, and city planners and poring through historical accounts, archival documents, county records, and newspaper files. The result of her labors is Nevada Place Names, a fascinating mixture of history spiced with folklore, legend, and obscure facts. Out of print for some years, the book was reprinted in 1999.

Published by: University of Nevada Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-v

CONTENTS

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p. vii-vii

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FOREWORD

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pp. ix-xii

I am sure Nevada Place Names will come to many appreciative hands-I trust even the critics may find good words to say-and it suggests a daughter in more ways than in having a debut. Like a charming girl, a good book like this may delight many people for many reasons, and it may take half a lifetime of love and labor. This book has; a bit of background may suggest ...

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PREFACE

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pp. xiii-xiv

...undertaking as sitting astride a tiger. Where, when, and how does the rider dismount, as the tiger runs into the academic forests of history, geology, geog raphy, language, and folklore? Attempts to control the vagaries of the tiger and the place name are ambitious, but worthwhile when successful. The origin of place names in Nevada has been traced by means of the ...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-30

The state of Nevada has an area of 110,540 square miles, a mean elevation of 5,500 feet, and lies almost wholly within the Great Basin, the only drainage area within the United States out of which no rivers or watercourses flow to the oceans. This semiarid state, seventh largest in area, has an average annual precipitation ...

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METHOD OF PRESENTATION OF THE NAMES

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pp. 31-32

All entries are arranged alphabetically as determined by the initial let ter of the specific part: Lake Tahoe, see under Tahoe; Mount Davidson, see under Davidson. When the generic (class) becomes a part of the specific as in the town name Mount Montgomery, the entry is under Mount. County names, enclosed in parentheses, follow the entry if all names in the group are ...

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THE PLACE NAMES

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pp. 33-250

...aVAIL SPRING (CI"k). A ,pdog Y~ast of Fossil Ridge and north of Gass ...

RAILROAD ABBREVIATIONS

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p. 251-251

ALPHABETICAL KEY TO SOURCES

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pp. 253-255

MAP KEY

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pp. 257-260

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND KEY

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pp. 261-282


E-ISBN-13: 9780874174038
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874170948

Page Count: 296
Publication Year: 1974

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