Yerington, NV

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Yerington is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States. The population was 3,048 at the 2010 census. It is the current county seat of Lyon County, …

Yerington is a city in Lyon CountyNevada, United States. The population was 3,048 at the 2010 census. It is the current county seat of Lyon County, with the first county seat having been established at Dayton on November 29, 1861. It is named after Henry M. Yerington, superintendent of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad from 1868 to 1910.


Native people

The Yerington Paiute Tribe of the Yerington Colony and Campbell Ranch is headquartered in Yerington. The people, known as Namu (human beings) in their own language, have lived in the Smith and Mason Valleys in Northwestern Nevada, since around 1000 A.D.


The community was formerly named GreenfieldMason Valley, and Pizen Switch (irreverent nickname from the time where Yerington was a transfer – or switch – stop; and the local whiskey was so bad that it was called “poison”. “Poison” came out sounding like “pizen” because of local vernacular, and the name “Pizen Switch” stuck.)

It was founded on August 6, 1871. The city was incorporated on March 17, 1907.

After the Dayton Court House burned down in 1909, the county seat was moved to Yerington in 1911.