Introduction to Winnemucca, Nevada
Winnemucca, Nevada, in Humboldt county, is 145 miles NE of Sparks, Nevada (center to center) and 259 miles NE of Sacramento, California.
Winnemucca was formerly named 'French Ford,' by a French trader, who settled on the banks of River Humboldt in 1860. The name was changed to Winnemucca in 1868, by the Railroad authorities, in honor of Chief Winnemucca, a local Paiute Indian. Winnemucca was home to a large Chinese community towards the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Many Chinese left after the Central Pacific Railroad was connected with the Union Pacific Railroad in 1869. Winnemucca was designated as the county seat of Humboldt County, in 1873.
Winnemucca and Nearby Attractions
- Winnemucca Sand Dunes
- Hinkey Summit
- Humboldt County Museum
- America’s Car Collection - Flying A Garage
- Humboldt Museum
- Vesco City Park
Things To Do In Winnemucca
Winnemucca has numerous places to explore, including the rugged Nevada outback, adventure trails, and abandoned ghost towns. Some of the abandoned towns near the city are Camp Winfield Scott, Willow Point, Camp McGarry, and Rochester. Boating and fishing opportunities are available at Rye Patch Reservoir, which also has facilities for water skiing, picnicking, and camping. Golfers may enjoy a game at Winnemucca Golf Course. Local festivals include Tri-County Fair celebrated in August and the Basque Festival in June. A number of parks such as Highland Park, Riverview Park, Veteran’s Park, and Pioneer Park are also in Winnemucca.
Air transportation is available from Reno/ Tahoe International Airport.
Winnemucca Higher Education
Colleges nearby include Truckee Meadows Community College, Boise State University, and University of Nevada-Reno.