Mason Valley History & Demographics
A Community Located in a Majestic Setting Where People Make the Difference
A Region Rich in History and Western Lore
C Fremont made the first recorded account of this region in 1844. He
was on his second expedition to explore and map the “West” and followed
the course of the
valley was later named after it’s first settler,
N.H. A. “Hock” Mason, who saw the area in 1854 while on a cattle drive
early 1870’s a willow-thatched saloon which, according to the locals,
served a beverage like poison (pizen) gave the town its first name,
Pizen Switch. As the town grew larger the more respectable name,
During the late 1800’s the Indian Paiute messiah, Wovoka, lived in this region. In 1889, Wovoka claimed to have a vision in which he was instructed to teach a new dance (Ghost Dance Religion) that would restore to the Native Americans their old way of life. Although a peaceful dance and movement, the whites misinterpreted the movement, thus culminating in the killing of Sitting Bull. Today the “Spirit of Wovoka” is celebrated annually with an August powwow.
area also has a rich mining history stemming from the gold at Pine Grove
and Bluestone at the turn of the century to copper at
Yerington enjoys the diversity of both industrial and agricultural life
styles. Its rich history and culture can be further explored at the
At an elevation of 4,380 feet above sea level the area is typical of basin and range typography -- lush farmland acreage surrounded by high desert terrain. Locally noted as being the “banana belt” area, temperatures rarely reach extremes with moderate temperatures and averaging over 300 days of sunshine.
Average annual precipitation is 5.52”. Temperature averages in January are 46 degrees with July averages at 92 degrees. The annual snowfall is 10” or less and humidity is low at 20%.
Within a short drive, you can
ski at a world class destination --
Providing convenient municipal services.
Yerington is incorporated and
has been the county seat for
Full municipal services in Yerington include police and fire departments, public works, water and sewer, a mayor, four city councilmen and a city manager.
Estimated Population Statistics as of 2000 are:
approximately 50,000 acres under cultivation for our main crops, which
are: alfalfa, onion, garlic, grains (oat, wheat, barley and other hays)
A Community friendly to business
Diverse transportation services are located throughout the county
Yerington is located on Highway
95A, 54 miles from I-80 and 30 miles from US 50. Various trucking companies
serve the area daily as well as national parcel carriers. The railroad
located north of town provides daily freight delivery upon demand. Passenger
and parcel bus service provide daily service to
The airport is located approximately
40 air miles south east of
There is one paved runway of 5,800 feet in length and 75 feet wide, a 200 foot chevron on each end of the runway -- combined total pavement of 6200 feet, and a taxiway. Excellent facility for light to medium size business jets. Full service FBO with fuel, maintenance, avionics, cafe, lighted runway, beacon, PAPI lights, unicom and walking distance from town.
Excellent Community facilities provide convenience.
Education: K - 12, various daycare facilities,
Yerington facility is the central branch of the Lyon County Public Library
System. Branches include the towns of Smith, Silver Springs, Fernley,
Lyon County Museum,
of the best in rural
Jeanne Dini Yerington Cultural Center: The newly renovated 1912 historic Yerington Grammar School No. 9 is home of the 210 seat Jeanne Dini Performing Arts Center equipped with state of the art lighting and sound systems. The center attracts local as well as regional productions.
Convention / Community Center: A recently opened facility located right in the center of downtown Yerington, boasts of its 299 seating capacity, warming kitchen and full meal catering service.
The Older Americans of Lyon County is a non-profit nutrition program serving up to 125 meals daily at its Yerington dining facility and its meals on wheels delivery to the homebound. Adjacent is Yerington Manor, a non-profit apartment facility serving its seniors on a sliding scale basis. Our seniors take an active role in running these services as well as contributing to the quality of life within our community.
Many types of family recreation are offered
Golf: In Yerington there is a challenging
18-hole public golf course, which includes driving range, putting green,
and pro shop with complete clubhouse and restaurant facilities. Just
a few miles from town at
Parks: We have several parks in our area. Mountain View
Park complete with fishing lake, sheltered
picnic area and horseshoe pit. The
are (two double, one single) asphalt tennis courts and two practice
courts located near the
Baseball, Softball, and Soccer Fields: Several fields are available for school and league play. Tournaments are often hosted and several fields have lights for night play.
Archery - Trapshooting: Each has an active club with complete ranges available in each sport for shooting and competition. There is an indoor and outdoor archery range along with a rifle and pistol range too.
Cinema and Bowling Complex: With its friendly atmosphere, the complex is located right in the heart of town. The bowling center is a fully automated, synthetic lane facility. The ABC/WIBC sanctioned lanes have hosted the Nevada State Women’s, Senior’s and Men’s Tournaments.
Several Annual Events are celebrated throughout the region:
· Spring Fling Classic Car Show May
· Coyote Chase June
Spirit of Wovoka Powwow August
· Fernley Living History Festival September
Silver Springs Stew-Do October
Visit two family
operated casinos-Dini's Lucky
over 130 motel rooms, 275 RV spaces, the area is an unexpected vacation
oasis situated along the
Open public lands provide limitless outdoor activities.
Hiking: Our high desert country promises
challenging and breathtaking hiking terrain. Wildlife and foliage abound
in the surrounding area.
Camping: Facilities are available at
all the lakes in the area.
Lakes and rivers:
Lahontan, Topaz, Tahoe, Pyramid and
Fishing: Fishing abounds in the area.
Hunting: Bird hunting is especially good around the valley with duck, geese, dove, and pheasant available. The state operated game ranch attracts sportsman to a fine hunting area.
Rock hounding: The area abounds in mineral and semi precious gem stones -- minerals such as malachite, copper, iron pyrite, traces of turquoise, peacock ore (bornite) and quartz crystals. Jasper, agate and calcite in several different forms are found in the area. Petrified wood, petroglyphs, and bones of prehistoric animals have been discovered.
Adventure sports abound: Plenty of open lands to enjoy rock climbing, mountain bike adventures, and off road vehicle explorations.
Ghost town exploration: The region is full of history such as the ghost towns and mine sites of Pine Grove, Ludwig, and Bluestone Mine. Within a day’s trip you can visit Virginia City, Ft. Churchill and Buckland Station, Bodie, and Masonic just to name a few.