|Nevada Government & Politics|
|Territory & Statehood|
In April 1856 Isaac Roop and others organized the territory of Nataqua. They ignored the fact that if they were not in California they would be in Utah Territory. Nataqua claimed 50,000 square miles of Utah territory and eastern California from forty miles south of Genoa, east to the middle of Nevada and north to the Idaho border. The settlers in Carson, Eagle, and Washoe Valleys, who outnumbered their northern counterparts by twenty to one, had no knowledge of being incorporated into the new territory.
The Honey Lake settlers used
their geographic location as a way to avoid paying taxes to any government.
They told Plumas County officials they were not in California and told
Hyde they were not in Utah. They were all adamant in their resistance against
being part of Plumas County and the State of California. There was
no taxation in their new territory. Nataqua died quietly because
most of the settlers in Honey Lake Valley generally ignored it. Soon
after its organization, Recorder Roop was removed from office after he
left the valley to winter in Shasta. The idea of self-government
did not die with Nataqua because the residents of Honey Lake journeyed
south to Genoa, August 7, 1857 to help create a new territory out of western
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