Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Lyon County

Lyon County Courthouse in Yerington, Nevada
Lyon County Courthouse in Yerington
22 February 2007


Lyon County, one of nine original Nevada counties created in 1861, is situated in western Nevada near Lake Tahoe. It is named for General Nathaniel Lyon who died in the Civil War. The original county seat was Dayton, formerly known as Chinatown then Nevada City, but after the courthouse burned in 1909, the county seat moved to Yerington.

Lyon County has an area of 2,016 square miles or 5,222 square kilometers and a population of about fifty thousand souls.

The main east-west highway in Lyon County is US 50, the loneliest road in America. The main north-south highway is Alternate US 50 & 95. The original transcontinental railroad passed through northern Lyon County. Amtrak's California Zephyr and Union Pacific freight trains continue to pass through Fernley, but the Zephyr does not stop here.

Name Address City Year Authority ID Sort Address Sort Name
Buckland StationHighway 50StagecoachNational1997001546Highway 50Buckland Station
Buckland's StationHighway 95A at the Carson RiverChurchillNevada192Highway 95ABuckland's Station
Camels in DaytonPike Street Between 2nd and 3rd AvenuesDaytonNevada199Highway 50Camels in Dayton
Chinatown (Early Name of Dayton)Highway 50 and Dayton Valley RoadDayton1856Nevada163Highway 50Chinatown (Early Name of Dayton)
Courthouse Site (1865-1907)Old U.S. Highway 50DaytonNevada127Highway 50Courthouse Site (1865-1907)
DaytonHighway 50 and Dayton Valley RoadDaytonNevada7Highway 50 10Dayton
Dayton CemeteryCemetery RoadDaytonNevada233Cemetery RoadDayton Cemetery
Dayton Pony ExpressHighway 50 and Dayton Valley RoadDaytonPOIHighway 50 10Dayton Pony Express
Dayton Schoolhouse - 1865135 Shady LaneDayton1865Nevada262Shady 135Dayton Schoolhouse - 1865
Desert Well StationHighway 50StagecoachNevada177Highway 50Desert Well Station
Devil's GateState Route 342Silver CityNevada223State Route 342Devil's Gate
Fernley and Lassen Railway Depot675 East Main StreetFernley1914National2005000513Main E 675Fernley and Lassen Railway Depot
Fernley Community Church80 South Center StreetFernley1910National2003000414Center S 080Fernley Community Church
Fort ChurchillFort Churchill RoadFort Churchill State Historic ParkNational1966000456Fort ChurchillFort Churchill
Hall's StationMain Street and Cemetery RoadDaytonNevada200MainHall's Station
IOOF Building1 North Main StreetYeringtonNational1983001111Main S 001IOOF Building
Lyon County Courthouse31 South Main StreetYeringtonNational1983001112Main S 031Lyon County Courthouse
McCone's FoundriesState Route 342Silver CityNevada185State Route 342McCone's Foundries
Mound HouseHighway 50 Between Highlands Drive and Newman LaneMound House1871Nevada61Highway 50 00Mound House
Nevada's First Gold Discovery235 West Main StreetDaytonNevada257Main W 235Nevada's First Gold Discovery
SutroHighway 50SutroNevada85Highway 50 20Sutro
Union Hotel and Post OfficeMain and Pike StreetsDaytonNevada186MainUnion Hotel and Post Office
WabuskaHighway 95AWabuskaNevada113Highway 95AWabuska
WellingtonState Route 208Wellington1863Nevada74State Route 208Wellington
Yerington Grammar School120 North California StreetYerington1912National1984002075California N 120Yerington Grammar School
Yerington Main Post Office28 North Main StreetYeringtonNational1990000138Main N 028Yerington Main Post Office
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