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The City of Winnemucca

Here at Silver State RV Park we love the wide-open spaces and the great history of our region. When you stay with us you have the chance to experience some of that history for yourself and to see those same wide-open spaces.

Because we’re proud of our heritage we thought we’d tell you a little about the history of the city of Winnemucca, that Silver State RV Park calls home. We say city, but it isn’t terribly large, only 7,364 people counted in the 2010 census. So, we’re a city with a small-town feel.

Winnemucca’s History

The city of Winnemucca is named after Chief Winnemucca from the Northern Paiute tribe, traditional inhabitants of the region. The name means “one moccasin.” His daughter, Sarah, was quite famous as an advocate for fair treatment and education of the local tribes. She worked as an interpreter, scout, and messenger for the US Army.

She also published the first autobiography written by a Native American woman. In 1900, Butch Cassidy’s gang robbed the First National Bank of Winnemucca. We also once had a thriving Chinatown as part of the building of the transcontinental railroad. Our community was even visited by Sun Yat-Sen, a later Chinese President.

The History of the City of Winnemucca | Silver State RV Park

Some other Fun Facts

The local high school is Lowry High School and our mascot is the Buckaroos, named after the working ranchmen from the region. Speaking of Buckaroos, you can also visit the Buckaroo Hall of Fame and Heritage Museum, located in downtown Winnemucca. We’re also one of the largest potato farming areas in the world, although many more folks are employed by mining corporations.

About Silver State RV Park

Located in Winnemucca, Nevada, Silver State RV Park provides real history as part of the American West experience. We offer multiple amenities including Wi-fi, cable TV, a Koi Pond, and more. Book your stay or find out more about our accommodations and amenities at

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