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Lyon County

Lyon County is named for Nathaniel Lyon, who was a general killed in action at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in 1861.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Storey County, Washoe County and Churchill County

E – Churchill County and Mineral County

S – Mineral County and Mono County, California

W – Alpine County, California,  Douglas County and Carson City


Created:  November 25, 1861                                                    Map of Nevada highlighting Lyon County

County Seat: 

Dayton      1861 – 1909

Yerington  1909 – present


County Courthouse – Yerington


Location:  31 South Main Street / Grove Street

Built:  1911 – 1912

Style:  Neo-Classical and Beaux Arts

Architect:  Frederic J DeLongchamps of Reno

Contractor:  Ward Brothers and Calder of Reno


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Yerington. The east front has a large portico with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The recessed entrance is framed with stone. Behind the pediment is a large square section rising above the roof line. A wide cornice runs below the flat roof line. During construction, the supervisor was George W Hollsworth. Including a recent addition, two structures were added to the rear of the courthouse that match the style of the original building. Frederic J DeLongchamps designed the first addition in 1935.


See: Frederic J DeLongchamps designed courthouses located in Carson City ( Ormsby County ), Douglas County. Humboldt CouintyLander CountyPerishing County and Washoe County. He also designed the California courthouse in Alpine County.


History:  The first courthouse was built in Dayton by Henry Sweetapple in 1864. The building burned in a fire in 1909 and the county seat was moved to Yerrington. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1911 to 1912.


County Justice Complex – Yerington



Location:  911 Harvey Way / Oregon Street

Built:  2011 – 2013

Style:  Modern

Architect:  CRA Architects

Contractor:  Sletten Construction


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story metal siding and concrete structure. The building is located in the north part of Yerington. The west front has a central entrance with a two story concrete porch and recessed doors on the first story. The roof is sloped.


County Administration – Yerington



Location:  27 South Main Street / Grove Street

Built:  1999 – 2000

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Yerington on the north side of the courthouse.



County Courthouse – Yerington









County District Court courtroom





County Justice Complex – Yerington









County Administration – Yerington







Photos taken 2013