Douglas County

Douglas County Courthouse Completed 1915

Douglas County was one of the original nine counties in Nevada, created November 25, 1861. It was named for Stephen A. Douglas, who was known for his debates with Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Nevada's first permanent settlement, Genoa (originally settled in 1851), falls within Douglas County's borders and was selected as the first county seat. In 1910, the courthouse in Genoa was damaged by fire, and in 1915 the seat was moved to the town of Minden, where it remains today.

At only 738 square miles, Douglas County is the second smallest county in Nevada (after Storey). The heart of Douglas County is the largely-agricultural Carson Valley, home to Minden and Gardnerville, as well as newer developments built as a result of Carson City's growth to the north. The south-eastern end of Lake Tahoe is also in Douglas County, and communities like Zephyr Cove and Stateline are popular places for visitors.