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Winnemucca

Winnemucca has never laid claim to being the oldest settlement in the state, but its location has been more or less continuously occupied since about 1830 when beaver trappers like Peter Ogden established a camp here on what they called Mary’s River. Twenty years later, when westward bound wagon trains began using the Humboldt Trail, the trading post on the southern bank of the river came to be called Frenchman’s Ford. By 1863 when it was renamed for the last time — in honor of the principal Paiute chief of the region — a rough settlement had grown up there.

CPRR locomotive 'Champion' at Winnemucca Nevada October 1868In 20 years more the transcontinental railroad had been built along the hillside to the south and a rival townsite was established upslope from the old village at the river’s edge. For years, until they grew together around US 40, there was friction between the railroad-dominated Upper Town and Lower Town, where farmers and ranchers carried the weight.

Winnemucca prospered as a shipping point and commercial center, and in 1872 the bustling young town had wrestled the county seat away from failing Unionville beyond the Humboldt Mountains. Brick buildings graced Winnemucca’s streets in the middle 1870s as its population grew to 1600 people.

The most exciting single moment in Winnemucca’s mostly calm past fell just short of bloodshed, but it has been a source of controversy since it took place on the 19th day of September 1900. It was then, as the story goes, that Butch Cassidy and the Hole in the Wall Gang rode into town, put a knife to First National Bank president George Nixon’s throat, and made him open the safe.

But perhaps that is not a completely true story. In fact, Butch Cassidy didn’t send that famous photograph, and Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunchthe evidence is not clear that he was ever in Winnemucca in his life

The great robbery took place of course. Butch Cassidy may have known about it — may even have planned it, or made arrangements for it. But it’s not clear that Butch himself was there that thrilling day. The famous photograph was actually found by an alert detective in a photographer’s display window at Fort Worth, Texas. The Pinkerton Detective Agency sent it to Winnemucca for banker George Nixon to identify. After studying the photo of the six dapper dudes in new suits and neckties, he wrote back: “While I am satisfied that Cassidy was interested in the robbery, he was not one of the men who entered the bank.”

So, if he didn’t enter the bank, according to an Visitors Center, Winnemucca Nevadaeye-witness with a vital reason to notice . . . was he there at all? Plenty of people say he was, including Charles Kelly, author of a definitive history of Cassidy’s career, and that’s good enough for Winnemucca. Butch Cassidy has been absorbed into municipal history, and Butch Cassidy Days is a big celebration in the Winnemucca calendar, attended by thousands and enjoyed by all.

Winnemucca is placid, green, open and friendly. Its quiet neighborhoods are slowly spreading away from the railroad tracks, and the main street, Winnemucca Boulevard — once upon a time it was U.S. 40— has become a bright strip of businesses catering to travelers. New street lights extending from the cemetery at the west end of town. Motels, restaurants and auto services are available here in abundance. The chamber of commerce operates a Visitors Center at the corner of Bridge street and Winnemucca Boulevard.



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Winnemucca Events Calendar

Sep 2021
24 September 2021
Whitworth Rec Complex, 1973 Whitworth Way
Winnemucca, NV 89446 United States
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Winnemucca Balloon Festival

9.5th Annual Winnemucca Balloons, Hot Air Balloon Festival, coming September 24th-26th, 2021 to the Whitworth Rec Complex! VENUE CHANGE: please make note of this year’s new festival location at the Whitworth Recreation Complex, 1973 Whitworth Way, Winnemucca, NV. This year's festival will feature a glow show, food vendors, photo contest & lots of family fun! […]

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Oct 2021
02 October 2021
Lazy P Farm, 8280 Grass Valley Rd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445
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Fall Farm Festival at Lazy P Farm – Winnemucca

Come on out to Lazy P Farm for their annual Fall Farm Festival and make fun family memories. It's fun for all ages. Come walk through our 6 acre corn maze, pick your own pumpkins, Joy Sanders with Tutu's Toppers, Sharon Krupicka with Scenty, and much more! The event is set for each weekend in […]

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09 October 2021
Lazy P Farm, 8280 Grass Valley Rd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445
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Fall Farm Festival at Lazy P Farm – Winnemucca

Come on out to Lazy P Farm for their annual Fall Farm Festival and make fun family memories. It's fun for all ages. Come walk through our 6 acre corn maze, pick your own pumpkins, Joy Sanders with Tutu's Toppers, Sharon Krupicka with Scenty, and much more! The event is set for each weekend in […]

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16 October 2021
Lazy P Farm, 8280 Grass Valley Rd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445
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Fall Farm Festival at Lazy P Farm – Winnemucca

Come on out to Lazy P Farm for their annual Fall Farm Festival and make fun family memories. It's fun for all ages. Come walk through our 6 acre corn maze, pick your own pumpkins, Joy Sanders with Tutu's Toppers, Sharon Krupicka with Scenty, and much more! The event is set for each weekend in […]

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23 October 2021
Lazy P Farm, 8280 Grass Valley Rd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445
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Fall Farm Festival at Lazy P Farm – Winnemucca

Come on out to Lazy P Farm for their annual Fall Farm Festival and make fun family memories. It's fun for all ages. Come walk through our 6 acre corn maze, pick your own pumpkins, Joy Sanders with Tutu's Toppers, Sharon Krupicka with Scenty, and much more! The event is set for each weekend in […]

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30 October 2021
Lazy P Farm, 8280 Grass Valley Rd.
Winnemucca, NV 89445
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Fall Farm Festival at Lazy P Farm – Winnemucca

A family owned agriculture education & entertainment farm. With a 6 acre Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch & Haunted House open to the public open every weekend in October The week of Halloween there will be an additional Haunted House. It will be open to hosting Birthday parties for your children that like the farm feeling. […]

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