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Paradise Valley, Nevada
Census-designated place
2014-06-12 15 06 55 View north along Nevada State Route 290 (Paradise Valley Road) 17.8 miles north of the southern terminus in Paradise Valley, Nevada.JPG
Country United States
State Nevada
County Humboldt
 • Total 15.9 sq mi (41.3 km2)
 • Land 15.9 sq mi (41.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 109
 • Density 6.84/sq mi (2.639/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 89426
FIPS code 32-55400
Nevada Historical Marker
Reference #: 89

Paradise Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Humboldt County, Nevada, United States, near the Santa Rosa Ranger District of Humboldt National Forest. It is located at the northern terminus of Nevada State Route 290, about 19 miles (31 km) northeast of U.S. Highway 95 and a total of 40 miles (64 km) north of Winnemucca. The town is located in a broad valley, with the Santa Rosa Range of mountains just to the northwest. At the 2010 census, the population of the CDP was 109.


As of the census of 2010, there were 109 people, 51 households, and 35 families residing in the CDP. There were 92 housing units. The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.0% White, 1.8% Native American, 6.4% some other race, and 2.8% from two or more races. 18.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Paradise Valley Folklife Project

The American Folklife Center of the U.S. Library of Congress conducted extensive ethnographic field research in Paradise Valley from 1978 to 1982. The Paradise Valley Folklife Project generated a multi-format resource collection documenting the history and culture of the area's ranching community. A team of fieldworkers from AFC documented the distinct ethnic groups in the area (Apache, Anglo, Basque, Chinese, German, Italian and Northern Paiute); the history of the region, including archaeological remains of a Chinese community, foodways, and oral traditions. The resulting material was subsequently packaged by the Library of Congress into a collection titled "Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982". The collection includes 32 boxes of archival material including manuscripts, audio and video recordings, and several thousand photographic prints and negatives from the AFC project and additional historical archives dating back to 1870. The project was initiated by the American Folklife Center in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution in 1978.

In popular culture

The town is name checked in The Beautiful South album track "This Old Skin" at the beginning of the second verse.

Trapper and self-styled mountain man Claude Dallas eluded capture for 15 months after killing two Idaho Fish & Game wardens in Idaho, near Paradise Valley, in 1981. After conviction, he escaped from prison in 1986 and after almost a year was recaptured, again near Paradise Valley.

Actress Edna Purviance was born in Paradise Valley.

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