Yerington

This is a town with deep roots in adventure. John C. Fremont, one of the West’s great explorers, made the first recorded account of the area back in 1844. He was on his second expedition to explore and map the West and followed the course of the Walker River into a large fertile valley later named Mason Valley after the area’s first settler N.H.A. “Hock” Mason.

During the 1800’s the Indian Paiute messiah, Wovoka, lived in the region. In 1889, Wovoka began teaching the peaceful Ghost Dance Religion, which was misinterpreted by whites and eventually led to the killing of Sitting Bull. Today the “Spirit of Wovoka” is celebrated annually with an August powwow.

Yerington is located in the lush green Mason Valley and is the county seat of Lyon County. In a state that is generally dry and arid, Mason Valley is unique in that two river systems flow through the valley, the East and West Walker rivers. The valley is one of the state’s richest agricultural regions producing alfalfa, onions, organic lettuce, garlic, and dairy products. It is conveniently located in Western Nevada close to Reno, Lake Tahoe, and the Nevada State Capitol, Carson City.

It’s also a region rich in mining history. You can see the huge open pit Anaconda Copper Mine from a special lookout point or visit the Lyon County Museum located on Main Street to learn more about the history of this valley.

Historic Yerington

Main Street Yerington 1930’s

Main St. Yerrington 1930's

~Photograph Courtesy of the Lyon County Museum Collection

The Legislature Act incorporated Yerington on March 14, 1907. Notice the small knob in the middle of Main Street. These knobs denoted spots where making U-turns was permissible. The two traffic lanes were paved with concrete, while the parking spots were gravel.

Grammar School No. 9 Historic Photo.

Grammar School No. 9 Historic Photo.

~Photographer Unknown.

Not sure of the date, but it could possibly be right after the school was completed.

Band in Front of Lyon County Courthouse.

Band in Front of Lyon County Courthouse.

~Photograph Courtesy of the Lyon County Museum Collection.

Yerington International Order of Odd Fellows Band posed in front of the Lyon County Courthouse, 1910.

Construction Grammar School No 9

Construction Grammar School No 9

~Photographer Unknown

Yerington Grammar School No 9 was designed in the Italian Renaissance Revival Style in 1912 and was designed by renowned Nevada architect Frederic Joseph Delongchamps. The school was constructed for $16,000. And was large enough to educate 100 children. The schoolhouse was vacated for larger school facilities in 1980. Many of Yeringtons residents attended the Grammar School No 9 including Nevada State Assembly Speaker Emeritus, Joe Dini. 2012 will mark the Historic Yerington Grammar School No. 9′s 100th anniversary.

Historic Bank

Historic Bank

~Photograph by Pat Fietta

A stroll down Main Street displays many charming buildings such as the old bank and the old Lyon County Court House still in use today.

Historic Yerington Post Office

Historic Yerington Post Office

~Photograph by Pat Fietta

Built in 1939 the Yerington Post Office is still in use and is a pivotal landmark on Main Street Yerington. This May the Post Master from Las Vegas had scheduled to close the facility. With encouragement from the Yerington City Council and the Mayor the Post Master visited the building and upon viewing it’s charm and central location declared that the Yerington Post Office would not be closed. Articles on this can be read in the Mason Valley News May 6 and May 13 issues. The clock was given to the city from the Yerington Rotary Club who along with the Lions Club, Boys & Girls Club of Mason Valley and Soroptimists International of Yerington are all strong community organizations.

Joe Dini with Restored Building in Background

Joe Dini with Restored Building in Background

~Photograph by George LeMaitre

The Grammar School No. 9 had been vacated in 1980 and the building was boarded until 1988, when led by the late Jeanne Dini, along with several citizens of Yerington, who came together to rehabilitate the abandoned school. With funds from Nevada State Historic Preservation and private donations the Grammar School No 9 was reopened in 1998 as a theater and cultural center. The $1.8 million restored center was renamed the Jeanne Dini Cultural Center. Today, the center is managed by YTA and is rented by arts organizations such as Through A Child’s Eyes Foundation and the Yerington High School Drama Cub along with other local organizations.

Lyon County Mural

Lyon County Mural

~Photograph by Bob Duke

Painted on the Records Building of the Lyon County Administrative Complex located at 27 South Main Street in Yerington. The Northern portion of Lyon County is in Pony Express Territory while South of Wabuska is Silver Trails Territory. The 15′ x 80′ mural was completed in September of 2001 and was design and painted by George LeMaitre, Pat Fietta and David McGowen.

Lyon County Museum

Lyon County Museum

~Photograph by Pat Fietta

Also located on Main Street is the Lyon County Museum with its many buildings and displays including a working blacksmith shop.

Mural Post Card

Mural Post Card

A brief history of the people on the mural.

Nevada Copper Belt Railroad

Nevada Copper Belt Railroad

~Photograph courtesy of the Lyon County Museum Collection

The Nevada Copper Belt Railroad – Hall Scott Motor Car #21. The railroad carried passengers from Wabuska through Yerington, Mason, Wilson Canyon, Hudson and on the Ludwig. The train ran until 1947. The Lyon County Museum has restored and houses one of the Copper Belt Railroad Switch Engines.

Scenic Yerington

Fall in Mason Valley

Fall in Mason Valley

~Photograph by Nancy Nagel

The cottonwoods turn a beautiful color as many tourists travel to the valley to view the harvest and take in the scenic farmland. This is also a popular motor biking tour area. Photograph by Nancy Nagel.

Golden Arch

Golden Arch

~Photograph by Nancy Nagel

Just south of Mason Valley are 1,000s of acres of BLM land. The golden arch is a popular destination. However it is very difficult to find as it is hidden by view by other rock formations. Geologists and archeologists also seek this area out as prehistoric bones have been found there. The Lyon County Museum has on display findings.

Mountain Field

Mountain Field

~Photograph by Nancy Nagel

The lush agricultural Mason Valley set against scenic mountains.

Onion Bags

Onion Bags

~Photograph by Nancy Nagel

Peri & Sons is one of the nations largest producers of onions. The onion harvest is always a favorite with local photographers.

South Looking Towards Mt. Grant

South Looking Towards Mt. Grant

~Photograph by Nancy Nagel

The Mason Valley has a splendid view of Mt Grant located in Mineral County.

The Scatena Ranch

South Looking Towards Mt. Grant

~Photograph by Pat Fietta

Still a working ranch today, the Scatena family ranches, like several ranches in the area, have been passed down by generation after generation keeping the ranch and farming tradition alive.

Wilson Canyon

Wilson Canyon

West Walker River Wilson Canyon

~Photograph by Pat Fietta

The West Walker River runs through Wilson Canyon a popular fishing and camping area.

The Scatena Ranch

South Looking Towards Mt. Grant

~Photograph by Pat Fietta

Still a working ranch today, the Scatena family ranches, like several ranches in the area, have been passed down by generation after generation keeping the ranch and farming tradition alive.

Yerington, Nevada From the Air

Yerington, Nevada From the Air

~Photograph by George LeMaitre

A photo taken from an ultra-light aircraft shows the lush valley with two The East and The West Walker Rivers running through it.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INFORMATION

Mason Valley Chamber of Commerce
222 S. Main Street
Yerington, NV 89447
Phone: 775.463.2245
Web: Mason Valley Chamber of Commerce

Map: Map of Yerington, Nevada


Nevada Activities
Yerington Camping
Yerington Biking
Yerington Historical Landmarks & Petroglyphs
Yerington RV Parking/Hookup