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Welcome to Galena ...

So far, we found very little information about Galena. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Galena to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Galena, please Contact Us.

Galena would have been located within present day Washoe County<2>.

We aren't confident of the location of Galena, so consider the above location as an estimate.<3>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Galena, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was on a map dated 1883.

When the people of Galena referred to themselves (known as a demonym), they are believed to have used Galenian<4>

Time Zone: The area where Galena was located is in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

If Galena still existed, it would have been in the (775) area code.

Communities Also Named Galena ...

While we believe that this Galena is located in Washoe County, we know of another 2 Nevada communities named Galena. Those communities are located in the following counties: Lander and Lincoln County.

Beyond Nevada, there are 25 communities that are also named Galena - they are located in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, British Columbia, Colorado (2), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia (2) and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Galena.

Communities near Galena ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Galena.

  • Reno
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reno
    • Reno is located in Washoe County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 259,290 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reno <5>
  • Sparks
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the north)
  • Carson City
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
  • Truckee
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Truckee
    • Truckee is located in Nevada County (CA)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,982 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Truckee <5>
  • Ophir City ‑ Historic
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ophir City have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ophir City
    • Ophir City is located in Washoe County
  • Steamboat
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Steamboat have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Steamboat
    • Steamboat is located in Washoe County
  • New Washoe City
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
  • Franktown
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franktown
    • Franktown is located in Washoe County
  • Bronco ‑ Historic
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bronco have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bronco
    • Bronco is located in Washoe County
    • Bronco has also been known as:
    • Bronca
  • Gold Hill
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gold Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gold Hill
    • Gold Hill is located in Storey County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Galena. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Galena.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Galena. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Galena.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Galena. See our Newspapers Page for Galena.

Adding Galena to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Galena in the FIPS-55 file. For more information, see the Referenced FIPS Codes section on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Galena was on a map titled George#&160;F. Cram Map of Nevada (1883).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Galena.

The official website for Washoe County:

The official website for State of Nevada:

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Galena, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>If you're interested in how the shape of Nevada's counties, including Washoe, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<3>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<4>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Galena refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Galena may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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