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Lyon County, Nevada
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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
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!
Transcriptions, photos, Headstones
Deeds, Grants, Transfers
Newsletters, Yearbooks, Photos
Federal State, free, slave, mortality,
Muster Rolls, Service Records,
Pension Applications, Rosters
Property, State, Federal, Local
Membership lists, Baptisms
Obits, Marriages, Local Events,
County, Federal, Civil, Circuit,
Inmate Lists, photos
Marriages, Birth, Death
|Family Histories, Old photos,
Biographies, Obits, Photos,
Submit any of the above items to: Bill Cook, Lyon, County Coordinator
Lyon County research Links
Executive Director: Carole Thompson Phone: 775-246-7909 Fax: 775-246-5838 Email: Dayton Valley Chamber Nevadas First settlement
State of Nevada's official website for this historical park
|Dayton events, history and links, Linda Clements, Dayton, Nevada webmaster|
|History of Lyon Co. Pioneers and families|
|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
Send your photos to Photos to Bill Cook
|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|
Lyon County - Cemeteries
|Dayton Cemetery||This 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, Fernley||The 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, Nevada||Nevada 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.|
Nevada State research Links -
|Birth / Death /Marriage Records||Division 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!|
|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 Topozone.com - 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 Archives.gov 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 -
|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|
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 Rootsweb.com Sites and Message boards for surnames, countries, states and counties, and more!|
Local Libraries and Newspapers
Dayton Courier Newspaper
Lyon County Recorder
Mineral County Independent News
Silver Springs Library
Smith Valley Library
Library and Archives 100 North Stewart Street,
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