Nevada Gazetteers

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A gazetteer is defined as "a geographical dictionary."[1] Gazetteers typically list the names of towns, settlements, villages, districts, rivers, and mountains within a specified region. They may also provide geographical description, historical data, and biographical information about early residents. Gazetteers can be helpful for finding places that may or may not show up on a map. They are also useful for determining jurisdictions where records might be kept. For more information about gazetteers in general, see United States Gazetteers.


The following gazetteers can help you locate places in Nevada:

  • Carlson, Helen S. Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press, 1974.
  • Leigh, Rufus Wood. Nevada Place Names: Their Origin and Significance. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Press, 1964.
  • Paher, Stanley W. Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps. Las Vegas, Nevada: Nevada Publications, 1970. FHL film 1598077 item 2.

Online Resources

Find additional maps by searching the Internet for terms such as "Nevada" (or your specific location) and "Maps."


  1. Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed., "gazetteer."