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Nye County Courthouse

The Nye County Courthouse in Tonopah stands as an architectural and historical symbol of the region, showcasing distinctive Romanesque Revival elements unique in Nevada.
Nye County Courthouse

Nye County Courthouse Overview

Constructed in 1905, the courthouse is a two-story rusticated stone building, marking a significant shift in Nye County’s administrative center from Belmont to Tonopah.

National Register Number

NRHP Reference No. 82003238

Year Established/Founded


Nye County Courthouse History

The courthouse was built following the relocation of the Nye County seat from Belmont to Tonopah. It exhibits Romanesque details rare in Nevada, reflecting the architectural ambitions of the time. A jail, also designed by the same architect, was added in 1907. The building has undergone expansions and modifications, including concrete block additions and a glass vestibule.


  • 1864: James Warren Nye becomes the first U.S. Senator for Nevada.
  • 1867: Nye County seat moved to Belmont.
  • 1905: Nye County seat relocated to Tonopah; construction of the courthouse begins.
  • 1907: Addition of a two-story jailhouse in the same architectural style.
  • 1960s: Additions of new wings diverging from the original Romanesque style.
  • Recent years: Addition of a steel and glass porch.


Tonopah, Nye County, Nevada

GPS Coordinates

38°03′57″N 117°13′36″W

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McCulloch St., Tonopah, Nevada

Today, the Nye County Courthouse not only serves as a functional government building but also as a testament to the architectural and historical evolution of Tonopah and Nye County.

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