This Tiny Nevada Town Looks Straight Out Of The Old West
The tiny Nevada town of Yerington—formerly known as Pizen Switch and Greenfield—was named in 1894 and incorporated in 1907. This 8.6-square-mile town has just over 3,000 residents and is 4,378 feet above sea level. Yerington is the current county seat of Lyon County. After the Dayton courthouse burned down in 1909, the county seat was moved to Yerington in 1911. Yerington relies heavily on agriculture and tourism, and this quaint Nevada town has retained its old west charm.
U.S. Route 95 Alternate connects Schurz to Interstate 80 and goes through Yerington and Fernley.
Yerington was named for Henry M. Yerington who was the Virginia and Truckee Railroad superintendent from 1868 to 1910. The original plan was to flatter this railroad magnate enough to bring a rail line through the town. Whereas the name was changed, alas, the railroad did not come to the small town. Interestingly, Yerington's primary distinction is there is no other town/city in the entire world with its name.
Main Street during the 1920s-1930s.
The same Main Street today. Yerington has retained that decidedly small western town taste.
Rexall Drug Stores were founded in 1943 by Justin Whitlock Dart of United Drug Company. Over the years, other competitors gained popularity and the Rexall name died out. Stores like these are very few and far between today.
Yerington's Red Rooster Emporium is a quintessential old-time general store.
This small gas station lends more rustic charm to this quaint small town.
Looking like something out of an old western, Sherry's Stage Stop is one of Yerington's popular restaurants.
Many of Yerington's other buildings have that old west look. Take a look.
For a fun day trip that transports you back to Nevada’s old west, a visit to Yerington is a must. Have you visited this quaint tiny Nevada town? Please share your thoughts below.
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