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Humboldt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. As of 2016, the population was estimated to be 16,842. Its county seat is Winnemucca.
Humboldt County is Nevada's oldest county, created by the Utah Territorial Legislature in 1856. It was also one of Nevada's original nine counties created in 1861. Named for the Humboldt River which John C. Fremont named after Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist, traveler and statesman.