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Denio, Nevada
2014-07-06 14 51 51 View of Denio, Nevada from Harney County Route 201 (Fields-Denio Road) a half mile north of the Oregon border.JPG
Denio, Nevada is located in Nevada
Denio, Nevada
Denio, Nevada
Location in Nevada
Denio, Nevada is located in the United States
Denio, Nevada
Denio, Nevada
Location in the United States
Country United States
States Nevada (CDP)
Oregon (outside CDP)
Counties Humboldt and Harney
Area
 • Total 16.1 sq mi (41.7 km2)
 • Land 16.1 sq mi (41.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
4,207 ft (1,282 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 47
 • Density 2.92/sq mi (1.127/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
89404
FIPS code 32-18500
GNIS feature ID 845425

Denio is a census-designated place (CDP) in Humboldt County, Nevada, along the Oregon state line in the United States. The Denio post office was originally north of the state line in Harney County, Oregon, but the residents moved the building into Nevada in the mid-20th century. The population of the CDP, which is entirely in Nevada, was 47 at the 2010 census; additional development considered to be Denio extends into Oregon. The CDP includes a post office, a community center, a library, and the Diamond Inn Bar, the center of the town's social life. Recreational activities in the Denio area include bird watching, photography, off road vehicle use, fishing, recreational black opal mining, rockhounding, hunting, visiting the hot springs, and camping on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge.

Denio Junction is about 3 miles (5 km) south of Denio, at the junction of State Route 140 and State Route 292. Denio Junction's motel provides gas, food, groceries, and lodging. Denio Junction Airport is a two-runway graded airstrip. There is no scheduled air or ground transportation serving this field, which is a short walk from Denio Junction.

History

Denio was named for Aaron Denio, who settled in the area in 1885. Aaron Denio was born in 1824 in Illinois and traveled to California in 1860. He worked in milling, mining, and farming in Nevada and California for 25 years before settling near the Oregon-Nevada border. He died at Denio in 1907. Denio post office was established in Oregon in 1888. After World War II a number of businesses relocated south of the state line to take advantage of Nevada's more liberal liquor and gambling laws. The post office moved and reopened in Nevada in 1950.

The Old Diamond Inn
The Diamond Inn in Denio, 1976

Education

Public education in Denio is administered by the Humboldt County School District, which operates the Denio School, a three room kindergarten-eighth grade (K-8) school.

Denio has a public library, a branch of the Humboldt County Library.

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