Humboldt County is named for the Humboldt River, which was named for Alexander von Humboldt who was a German naturalist and explorer.
Created: November 25, 1861
Unionville 1861 – 1873
Winnemucca 1873 – present
County Courthouse – Winnemucca
Location: 25 West 5th Street / South Bridge Street
Built: 1920 – 1921
Style: Neo-Classical and Beaux Arts
Architect: Frederic J DeLongchamps of Reno
Contractor: Peraldo Brother / Lehman A Ferris ( supervisor )
Description: The building faces northeast and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The northeast front has a portico with six Corinthian columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The north and south sides of the building project slightly from the main building. A wide cornice runs below the roof line with a horizontal band running below the cornice. The interior contains a marble staircase, and a two-story atrium with ionic columns that support a dramatic leaded-glass ceiling. During construction, the supervisor was Lehman A Ferris. An addition connected by a passageway was built in 1974 to 1976. The architect was Alton Dean Jensen of Winnemucca and the contractor was Corrad Construction Company. The addition is named the Public Safety Building.
Note: The previous courthouse was designed by James Z Kelly and constructed by A Murphy in 1874. The courthouse was destroyed by fire on July 20, 1918. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was set at $161,324.
See: Frederic J DeLongchamps designed courthouses located in Carson City ( Ormsby County ), Douglas County, Lander County, Lyon County, Perishing County and Washoe County. He also designed the California courthouse in Alpine County.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Humboldt County Courthouse.
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Public Safety Building
Photos taken 2013 and 2015