Yerington, Nevada

Yerington, Nevada
Dini's Lucky Club on Main Street in Yerington

Yerington was named in honor of Henry M. Yerington, Superintendent of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad (part of the Carson & Colorado Railroad system) from 1868 to 1910. Prior to taking on the name "Yerington," the settlement had been known by names like "the Switch," "Pizen Switch" and "Greenfield." The town was finally named "Yerington" in 1894 in an effort to influence that railroad Superintendent to build the Carson & Colorado Railway down the west side of the Walker River and through the small town. As much as the name has stuck ever since, that effort to influence didn't work: the railroad never came to Yerington.

Yerington was founded as a mining town on the banks of the Walker River but the primary mining these days happens in tourists' pockets as they tour the gaming establishments along Main Street.

Yerington, Nevada
"Y Hill" near Yerington
Fast Facts about Yerington, Nevada
Yerington, Lyon County, NV 89447
Incorporated: 1907
Elevation: 4,390'
Latitude: 38.985°N
Longitude: 119.1654°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 78.3%
Hispanic: 12.1%
Native American: 5.4%
Other: 1.3%
Two or More Races: 2.7%
High School or Higher: 73.8%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 14.8%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 1.7%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 3,840
Males: 1,911
Females: 1,929
Median Resident Age: 41.2 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $30,850
Estimated Median Home Value: $120,730
Population Density: 2,262 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Yerington: 83.9
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Health Care, Government, Entertainment & Recreation, Lodging & Food Services, Real Estate Services, Agriculture, Construction, Waste Management Services
Unemployed: 18.7% logo
Photo of Dini's Lucky Club in Yerington courtesy of Kelapstick.
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