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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.

Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Lyon County
Sequenced By Name
(Click a Column Heading to Resequence)
Name Year Address City Authority Number
Buckland StationHighway 50StagecoachNational1997001546
Buckland's StationHighway 95A at the Carson RiverChurchillNevada192
Camels in DaytonPike Street Between 2nd and 3rd AvenuesDaytonNevada199
Chinatown (Early Name of Dayton)1856Highway 50 and Dayton Valley RoadDaytonNevada163
Courthouse Site (1865-1907)Old U.S. Highway 50DaytonNevada127
DaytonHighway 50 and Dayton Valley RoadDaytonNevada7
Dayton CemeteryCemetery RoadDaytonNevada233
Dayton Pony ExpressHighway 50 and Dayton Valley RoadDaytonPOI
Dayton Schoolhouse - 18651865135 Shady LaneDaytonNevada262
Desert Well StationHighway 50StagecoachNevada177
Devil's GateState Route 342Silver CityNevada223
Fernley and Lassen Railway Depot1914675 East Main StreetFernleyNational2005000513
Fernley Community Church191080 South Center StreetFernleyNational2003000414
Fort ChurchillFort Churchill RoadFort Churchill State Historic ParkNational1966000456
Hall's StationMain Street and Cemetery RoadDaytonNevada200
IOOF Building1 North Main StreetYeringtonNational1983001111
Lyon County Courthouse31 South Main StreetYeringtonNational1983001112
McCone's FoundriesState Route 342Silver CityNevada185
Mound House1871Highway 50 Between Highlands Drive and Newman LaneMound HouseNevada61
Nevada's First Gold Discovery235 West Main StreetDaytonNevada257
SutroHighway 50SutroNevada85
Union Hotel and Post OfficeMain and Pike StreetsDaytonNevada186
WabuskaHighway 95AWabuskaNevada113
Wellington1863State Route 208WellingtonNevada74
Yerington Grammar School1912120 North California StreetYeringtonNational1984002075
Yerington Main Post Office28 North Main StreetYeringtonNational1990000138

Nevada Counties: Carson City, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe, White Pine

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