Golconda, Nevada

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Golconda, Nevada
—  Census-designated place  —
Golconda, Nevada is located in Nevada
Golconda
Location within the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 40°57′12″N 117°29′21″W / 40.95333°N 117.48917°W / 40.95333; -117.48917Coordinates: 40°57′12″N 117°29′21″W / 40.95333°N 117.48917°W / 40.95333; -117.48917
CountryUnited States
StateNevada
CountyHumboldt
Area
 • Total9.0 sq mi (23.4 km2)
 • Land9.0 sq mi (23.4 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total214
 • Density24/sq mi (9.1/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes
FIPS code32-28500
GNIS feature ID
 
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Golconda, Nevada
—  Census-designated place  —
Golconda, Nevada is located in Nevada
Golconda
Location within the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 40°57′12″N 117°29′21″W / 40.95333°N 117.48917°W / 40.95333; -117.48917Coordinates: 40°57′12″N 117°29′21″W / 40.95333°N 117.48917°W / 40.95333; -117.48917
CountryUnited States
StateNevada
CountyHumboldt
Area
 • Total9.0 sq mi (23.4 km2)
 • Land9.0 sq mi (23.4 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total214
 • Density24/sq mi (9.1/km2)
Time zonePacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes
FIPS code32-28500
GNIS feature ID

Golconda is a census-designated place in southeastern Humboldt County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 214.[1] It is located along Interstate 80 on the Humboldt River in the northwestern part of the state.

It was named for the ancient diamond mining center of Golkonda in India.[citation needed]

History

Golconda was built when discovery of copper, silver, gold, and lead brought entrepreneurs who opened mines and mills in the district. The town was a diverse society including both native-born Americans as well as foreign populations including individuals of French, Portuguese, Paiute, and Chinese descent who all lived and worked in the small community. During 1898-1910, the town had a train depot, several hotels, a school, businesses, newspapers, and two brothels. Its population peaked at about six hundred in 1907-08. Although boosters predicted growth for Golconda, after 1910 the mines played out, leaving the region as an area of ranches and farms. Most of the town's buildings from its mining heyday are gone, and Golconda today is a minor stop on Interstate 80.[2]

Geography

The community lies at an elevation of approximately 4,350 feet (1,330 m) 12 mi (19 km) east of Winnemucca across the Sonoma Range and 5.7 mi (9.2 km) west of Golconda Summit, a nearby mountain pass on Edna Mountain.[3] The Osgood Mountains lie across the Humboldt River to the north. A post office is located in the community.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Golconda CDP has an area of 9.0 square miles (23.4 km2), all land.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Golconda CDP, Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/G001/1600000US3228500. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  2. ^ John M. Gomes, "Golconda's Glory Days, 1898-1910," Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, June 2007, Vol. 50#2 pp 145-167
  3. ^ USGS Winnemucca, Nevada, 30 x 60 minute quadrangle, US Geological Survey 1986