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Washoe Valley, Nevada
Country United States
State Nevada
County Washoe
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Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)

Washoe City is a ghost town in Washoe County, Nevada, in the United States. Nearby there is a new community called New Washoe City.


Washoe City was founded in 1860 as a lumbering camp for Virginia City, and it was the county seat of Washoe County when it was created in 1861, as one of the original nine counties of the Nevada Territory. Within a few years, the population was about 2,500 residents. After the Virginia and Truckee Railroad had been finished, Washoe City had lost much of its importance. In 1871, the county seat of Washoe County was moved to Reno, and in 1880, only 200 people lived in Washoe City. By the early 20th century, Washoe City was empty. Nowadays, there are just the remains of many of the original buildings.

In popular culture

In Hell On Wheels season 5, episode 12 ("Any Sum Within Reason"), much of the critical action takes place in and around Washoe City.

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