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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press (January 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087417094X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874170948
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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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Was looking for the Origin of a place name in Nevada, and found the entry for that place name a bit lacking, as it has two major thoughts of origin based on either dust devils in the summer or hot springs and cold days. But I got a date that it appeared on a map. Unmarked (unnamed) on Freemont's map of 1843-1844, but on a Western Pacific Rail Road map of 1854. That Narrows the search considerably. After reading another entry I wondered about, Alcatraz Island, I thought of all the Pelicans that use the Western Flyway, and wondered at her choice of origin. After a few days of reflection, I saw clearly how her strong Research Mind Set forced her to the inevitable conclusion -- yes, I believe she is correct. Having spent a good part of my life in NW and N Central Nevada, there are names that make one wonder, and then there are places that you KNOW have a name, but they are unmarked on USGS topo maps. Where to go? -- right here! Alpha by name, not location. 5 stars because this is the best I've seen in about a month of research.
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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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Hello thank you for your excellent book. Just one thing to report. there is a typo on your Lane City page. It was Charles D. Lane not Charles B. Lane who bought the Chainman mine. See "History of Nevada" 1912 page 1053 for correct story and it's interesting history. Thank you again.
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