Lyon County, Nevada

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My name is Bill Cook and I am your host for this site. I live in Dayton. NV
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The Silver State
Cities and Municipalities
in Lyon County, Nevada:

The Silver State

Artesia, Buckland's Station, Cambridge, Carson River Canyon Mills, Clear Creek Station, Colony, Como, Curry's, Dayton, Desert Station, Dessert Well Station, Elbow, Empire City, Fort Churchill, Gregory's Mill, Hinds' Hot Springs, Honey Lake Smith's, Hudson, Fernley, Johntown, Ludwig, Mason, Mound House, Nordyke, Palmyra, Pine Grove, Ramsey, Reed's Station, Rockland, Silver Springs, Smith, Stockton Well, Summit Station, Sutro, Sweetwater ("Wahappa"), Swift's, Talapoosa, Thompson, Wabuska, Walker River Station, Weed Heights, Wellington, Wiley's Station and Yerington.  (Yerington was also known as Pizen Switch and Greenville at one time). Yerington is the county seat of Lyon Co. and was named for Henry Marvin Yerington, railroad superintendent.

Some History on Lyon County:

The First Territorial Legislature created Lyon County on November 24, 1861. It was one of nine original counties. As to the origin of the County name, two stories exist. One believes the honor belongs to General Nathaniel Lyon, a Union commander. General Lyon was killed in a Civil War battle at Wilson Creek on August 9, 1861. The second supports Captain Lyon, one of Nevada early pioneers, who was a member of the Sierra Guards during the Pyramid Indian Wars of 1860. Contemporary reference works include both name origins. At the same time the First Territorial Legislature designated Dayton as the County Seat.

Dayton, was the first County seat and the County center of commerce for many years, was named after John Day, the surveyor who laid out the town. The original spelling of the town name was Daytown. Popular usage brought it to Dayton in 1861. Also previously known as, Chinatown, Mineral Rapids and Nevada City. The original courthouse in Dayton, a classic structure typically Nevada burned in 1907.

In 1911 the Nevada State Legislature designated Yerington as the County seat, named after Henry Marvin Yerington of railroad and mining wealth. The original name was Pizen Switch the name derived from poor whiskey which was sold in saloons built of willows and mud. Culture arrived and the name was changed to Greenfield and later to Yerington. Yerington is one of Nevadas incorporated municipalities.

Several changes were made to the boundaries of the County over the years; however, one of the most important occurred in 1883 when a portion of Esmeralda County was annexed. This annexation to Lyon County included part of what is know as Mason Valley.

In the early years of the County, mining was acknowledged as the economic mainstay. Numerous communities were born as mining camps or as centers of transportation or provision supply. Of particular note in the development of numerous communities was Gold Canyon, a site in western Lyon County. In 1849 gold was discovered in this canyon. During the 1850 miners worked up the canyon, and subsequently the Comstock Lode was discovered.

Silver City, an existing community, was an important part of The Comstock. Mining continued playing a vital role in Lyon County well into the 20th Century.  During this decade several heap leach operations have occurred, primarily in the County western area.

Anaconda extensive operation created a community, known as Weed Heights, near Yerington, and was a major positive economic factor for both the County and the state.

Referring to contemporary production, Nevada Statistical Abstract, 1988, "Minerals Produced in Nevada by County in order of Monetary Value, 1985", reports that minerals extracted in Lyon County were cement, diatomite, stone (crushed and broken), gold, gypsum, and silver.

Another key site vital to the development of not just Lyon County, but to western Nevada, was Fort Churchill. The fort was Nevada first, largest, and most important military post. The warring Paiutes’ raids on emigrant route stations, together with their causing trouble for travelers and interrupting mail service, caused the Federal Government to order the fort construction.

By the end of 1861 some 600 men were stationed at Fort Churchill. When regular troops were sent to the Civil War, volunteers from California manned the fort. The settling of the Indian troubles and the completion of the Central Pacific which decreased travel on the central Overland Trail demonstrated the fort was no longer needed. In September, 1869, Fort Churchill was abandoned. Fort Churchill is now a State Park and is one of Nevada National Historic Landmarks.

The importance of early buildings and sites in Lyon County can be found through Nevada Historical Marker program. Fifteen sites or buildings within Lyon County have been marked.

Types of files to submit: Transcriptions or scanned copies!
If you don't have a scanner contact me for snail mail address!

Transcriptions, photos, Headstones
Land Records:
Deeds, Grants, Transfers
School Histories and Photos:
Newsletters, Yearbooks, Photos
Federal State, free, slave, mortality,
Military Records:
Muster Rolls, Service Records,
Pension Applications, Rosters
Tax Records:
Property, State, Federal, Local
Church Records:
Membership lists, Baptisms
Newspaper Articles:
Obits, Marriages, Local Events,
birth Announcements
Veterans Schedules
Court Records:
County, Federal, Civil, Circuit,
Prison Records:
Inmate Lists, photos
Vital Records:
Marriages, Birth, Death
Family Histories, Old photos,  
Biographies, Obits, Photos,

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Submit any of the above items to: Bill Cook, Lyon, County Coordinator

Lyon County research Links

Dayton Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director: Carole Thompson Phone: 775-246-7909 Fax: 775-246-5838 Email: Dayton Valley Chamber Nevadas First settlement

Fort Churchill

State of Nevada's official website for this historical park

Historical Society of Dayton Valley

Dayton events, history and links, Linda Clements, Dayton, Nevada webmaster

Lyon County Biographies

History of Lyon Co. Pioneers and families

Lyon County NVGenweb Archives

Cemeteries, Obits, Mortality Schedules and More
Lyon County Historical Marker Locations Onsite page, showing location of all Lyon Co. Historical Markers
Lyon County History and Culture Profile of Lyon County
Lyon Co. Obituaries Lyon County Obituaries submitted and posted
Lyon Co. Photos 2/12/2011 Lyon County Photos submitted
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Lyon County Recorder document index
Mason Valley Chamber of Commerce About businesses in Yerington, Lyon Co., Nevada
Mason Valley News Newspaper online
Wabuska Railroad Station History on the Wabauska Station
Yerington City Pages Great site with information on Yerington NV with numerous links
Yerington Mayors and City Council List of Mayors, council members and clerks since 1907

Jack Crane, Second Engineer Special Brigade (2nd ESB), U.S. Army, 62nd annual Reunion

Lyon County - Cemeteries

Dayton CemeteryThis cemetery, located about one-half mile west of Hwy 50 East in Dayton, Nev. is well kept and in good condition with very few unmarked graves. Photos
Desert Memorial Gardens, FernleyThe cemetery is located on the north side of Interstate 80 at the end of Vine St. and is several hundred yards from the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery. There is also a small plaque at the front gate that reads "Eunice Marcum Memorial Cemetery"
Find a Grave, NevadaNevada folks listed alphabetically
Hillcrest Cemetery Smith Valley, The Hillcrest cemetery was originally the Smith Valley I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Missouri Flat Cemetery Located South of Yerington approx. 1.5 miles East of junction between Hwy 209 and 339, thence South on a road marked by a Missouri Flat Cemetery sign.
NV Tombstone / Cemeteries US/NVGenweb / cemetery transcriptions and headstone photos
Pinegrove Cemetery The town of Pine Grove is Located about 20 Miles South of Yerington
Silver City Cemetery Silver City is located about 8 miles from Carson City on state highway 341 between Carson City and Virginia City.
St. Joseph's Cemetery
Located on Cemetery Road, approx. 3-4 miles SE of Yerington.

Northern Nevada Veteran's Military Cemetery Fernley, NV, (Posted by Joy Fisher)
R S T-U-V W X-Y-Z  Photos

Nevada State research Links -

Birth / Death /Marriage RecordsDivision of Health / Vital Statistics
4150 Technology Way Ste: 104
Carson City, NV 89706 , 775-684-4156
Census Records These online Nevada census records cover all counties.
Census Records!! The Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs has just added the complete 1860-1920 Nevada Census records online and ready to use!

 Counties of Nevada "County Recorders" links online

All Nevada county recorders links and phone numbers
Ghost Towns of Nevada Over 600 sites in Nevada- history and photos
Nevada Womens History Project9/2/2009 Welcome to the Nevada Women's History Project web site! Our goal is to provide you with "history about the roles and contributions of Nevada women" and current information about upcoming Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada events
Nevada Deaths Alphabetical list of deaths with info, provided by the NVGenweb volunteers.
Nevada GenWeb Archives all counties
Nevada Maps Links to Atlas and Maps of Nevada
Nevada Obituaries Project Nevada Obits submitted or found by Administrator
Nevada Publications available for purchase - includes Ft. Churchill Military Records
Nevada State Library and Archives links to library contents
NV Department of Vital Statistics 4150 Technology Way Ste: 104, Carson City, NV 89706
Northern NV Vets Memorial Cemetery 14 Veterans Way- Fernley, NV
Penny Postcards from all of Nevada USGenweb site, Nevada State
Pony Express Stations - Nevada Links to all Pony Express stations across the U.S.A.
Roots-L Nevada State Resource Page Guides to information and Locations in Nevada
Site locator Nevada locations - provided by - locate cemeteries, towns, historic sites
Sutro Tunnel The Sutro Tunnel was conceived by Adolph Sutro in 1860, when he saw the steaming hot water that made the Comstock mines so difficult to work. His idea was to tunnel about four miles to provide drainage for the mines.
Tombstone Registry, Nevada A USGenweb site

United States research Links -

BLM/ GLO Records Website (The Official Federal Land Patent Website)
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System search by name, by state
Ellis Island online records Online passenger lists
Family Search LDS Genealogy site!
National Online Many items available online for search
U.S.GenWeb Archives - National Search Search the U.S.A. all at one time
Western States Marriage Index Nevada marriage records from Ricks College

Lyon County Volunteers -

If you would like to help other researchers of Lyon County, NV please send me your e-mail info on the help / research you could provide and I will list you here as a volunteer. Bill Cook

Linda Beveridge, Dayton, NV

I live in Dayton and would be more than happy to go to the local cemetaries for anyone and take a photo of a grave for them. Please email me and let me know which cemetary, the name and I'll do my best.
Email: Robin Lyon Co. census Records - 1930 Federal Census Donna is in the process of transcribing these records for the NVGenWeb and would be glad to do Lyon County lookups until they are online. - please provide name and town

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Helpful research Links -

Cook surname researchers and webpage links for all Cook, Cooke, Koch surnames researchers
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites - Nevada Links to Nevada Genealogy
Genealogy Pages Links to groups and associations concerning genealogy
Genealogist Index to the WWW Indexes of Gedcoms sent in for other researchers to view
Genforum Genealogy Message Boards
Eddings surname e-mail list site website for records of all Eddings, Eddins, Edens, and variations of surname
Hollis surname researchers Records on Hollis researchers and webpage links
Rootsweb boards and sites Main Page for the Sites and Message boards for surnames, countries, states and counties, and more!

Local Libraries and Newspapers

Dayton Library
321 Old Dayton Valley Rd
Dayton, NV 89403
Phone: (775)246-6212

Dayton Courier Newspaper
655 Highway 50 E
Dayton, NV

Fernley Library
575 Silver Lace Blvd
Fernley, NV 89408-8547
Phone: (775)575-3366

Fernley Leader Newspaper
25 E Main Street
Fernley, NV 89408-7654

Lyon County Recorder
31 S Main Street
Yerington, NV 89447-2571

Mason Valley News
207 W. Goldfield Ave
Yerington, NV

Mineral County Independent News
501 D Street
Hawthorne, NV

Silver Springs Library
3905 US Highway 50
Silver Springs, NV 89429-9303
Phone: (775)577-5015

Smith Valley Library
Ida Compston Branch
32 Day Lane
Smith, Nv., 89439-9707

Yerington Library
20 Nevin Way
Yerington, NV 89447-2399
Phone: (775)463-6645

Nevada State Library and Archives 100 North Stewart Street,
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4285 (775) 684-3360 -
1-800-922-2880 (in-state callers only) - Fax (775) 684-3330 -
TDD (775) 687-8338 Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 Nevada Appeal Carson City

Reno Gazette Journal

All Headline news of Nevada, Nationwide

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State Coordinator:
Robert V. Bremer

Lyon Co. Coordinator:
Bill Cook

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