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Roop County, Nevada

Roop County is a defunct county of Nevada. It was created as Lake County in 1861 as one of the original nine counties of Nevada. The name Lake County was chosen due to the many lakes in the area, including Honey Lake, Pyramid Lake, and Winnemucca Lake.[1]


  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


In 1862 Lake County was renamed Roop County after Susanville, was claimed by California as part of Plumas County. The establishment of Lake (later, Roop) County in northwestern Nevada created a boundary dispute with California. This has been called the Roop County War, the War of Injunctions, or the Sagebrush War.[3]

This resulted in the appointment of a joint California-Nevada boundary survey, with Surveyor-General J.F. Houghton acting for the State of California and Butler Ives, for the Territory of Nevada. The final surveyors report, accepted by California on April 4, 1864, and by Nevada on February 7, 1865, proved that the Honey Lake area was in California. The California portion of Roop County became Lassen County, California, in 1864. The remainder ceded to Washoe County, Nevada.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Wren, Thomas (1904). A History of the State of Nevada: Its Resources and People. Lewis publishing Company. p. 102. 
  2. ^ "Creation of Nevada’s Counties". Nevada Association of Counties. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ Elliott, Russell R. (1987). History of Nevada. Omaha: U of Nebraska Press. p. 74.  
  4. ^ General history and resources of Washoe County, Nevada, published under the auspices of the Nevada Educational Association. Sagebrush Press, 1969. 1888. p. 20. 

External links

  • The Nevada Observer: History of Roop County
  • Nevada Association of Counties: Creation of Nevada's Counties

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