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Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary Paperback – January 1, 1974


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press (January 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087417094X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874170948
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,754,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helen Carlson's interest in the origin of place names began while she was earning her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research took her throughout Nevada, California, and the Southwest.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Y Scott on November 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book as a father who wants to take his family on occasional trips around the state where I reside. I also like to know the meaning of names in our own area. Helen does an excellent job of research and concise, factual, and intriguing reporting of what is to be known about a Nevada name. It is alphabetically organized and even the introduction, as brief as it is, is rich in the equipping of the reader with Nevada history. This book is a treasure alongside a gazeteer and or atlas of the state of Nevada.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on November 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be an excellent reference source for points within the State of Nevada; both in the present and past. A very thorough work product.
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Easy to find information about many of the Silver State's named features, with sources listed for more detail. As a relative newcomer, I found the stories behind the names intriguing enough to get additional reference materials.
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By John M. on October 10, 2013
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I live in northern Nevada and I've always wondered where street, creek, mountain, and town names came from. This book, while not 100% all inclusive, does a great job at giving some historical context. Some names include very little information (e.g. just the years that a US post office operated under a given town name), while others include multiple stories of name origins and possible interpretations of Native American words. I'm glad I picked it up and I would suggest it to others.
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