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Bird: Mountain Bluebird
Tree: Bristlecone Pine
Mammal: Desert Bighorn Sheep
Capital: Carson City
Entered the Union: October 31, 1864 (36th)
Origin of Name: Spanish for “snow-covered”
State Motto: All for Our Country
State Nicknames: Sagebrush State • Silver State • Battle Born State
State Song: “Home Means Nevada”
National Forests: 2 • State Parks: 23
Famous for: Gambling, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Las Vegas, Gold & Silver Mining, Wild Mustangs, Outdoor Recreation
- Nevada was made famous by the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, the richest known U.S. silver deposit.
- Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
- Nevada is the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States.
- Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.
- Most of the state is desert, but the Sierra Nevada mountain range near Reno and the Ruby Mountains near Elko have
snow for half the year.
- Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state, with its highest point at the 13,145 foot top of
Boundary Peak near the west-central border.
- About 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day.
- In 1899 Charles Fey invented the slot machine named the Liberty Bell. In 1999 Nevada had 205,726 slot machines, one for
every ten residents.
Current Population Lyon County: 52,585
Average Lyon County Home Price: $300,000
Average Home Rental: $1,500/mo
Business and Gaming
When people think of Nevada, they think of gambling. However,
over the last couple of decades, Reno and Sparks have become
much more than just gaming cities. With many prominent
corporations residing in the area, INC Magazine rated Reno and the
sixth-best spot to do business for a mid-sized city.
Nevada Tax Structure
Nevada’s tax structure continues to be one of the least burdensome
in the country, allowing both business and employees to flourish.
Regions largest non-gaming employers:
1. Washoe County School District
2. University of Nevada, Reno
3. Washoe County
4. Renown Medical
5. International Game Technology
Reno-Sparks Largest Industry Sectors:
1. Wholesale Trade, Transportation & Utilities
2. Leisure & Hospitality
3. Accommodation and Food Service
5. Professional & Business Services
6. Educational and Health Services
7. Retail Trade
8. Goods Producing
9. Local Government
10. Casino Hotels
Additional Advantages of Doing Business in
Stockholders, directors, and officers need not live or hold
meetings in Nevada
Directors need not be stockholders
Officers and directors of a Nevada Corporation can be protected
from personal liability for lawful acts of the corporation
Nevada corporation may purchase, hold, sell or transfer shares of
US Best States for Doing Business:
The state of Nevada ranked #9 Chief Executives’ annual survey asked
over 600 CEOS to grade each state on the following criteria:
Taxation & Regulation
Welcome To Lyon County
Lyon County was of the original Nevada counties created in 1861. It was named after General
Nathaniel Lyon who died in the Civil War. Located in northwestern Nevada, Lyon County includes two
incorporated cities; the city of Fernley and the City of Yerington. Lyon County is adjacent to Storey and
Washoe counties on the north, Mineral, and Mono (California) counties on the south, Churchill and Mineral
counties on the east, and Douglas County and Carson City on the west. Three rivers flow through the county;
the Carson River, the Truckee River, and the Walker River.
Throughout most of Lyon County’s past, growth has been gradual and slow, and the County has remained
predominantly rural in character. In recent years development within Lyon County increased in response to the
development and expansion of the northern Nevada region with some areas of the County becoming
suburbanized. The economies of Lyon County is primarily ranching and mining.
A majority of the County’s development lies within eight communities: Dayton, Fernley, Mason Valley, Mound
House, Silver City, Silver Springs, Smith Valley, and Stagecoach. For three years during the past ten years, the
County was one of the ten fastest growing counties in the United States (on a percentage basis).
The incentives for doing business in Nevada are expansive. Nevada boasts one of the most liberal tax structures
in the nation and from a tax-planning perspective, the return on investment in the form of tax saving dollars
can be enormous.
Old Town Dayton remains quaint, reminiscent of its origins as a Nevada mining town, but the growth of the surrounding
area puts a new spin on Dayton’s history in the new millennium. In January 1999, a supermarket opened in Dayton Valley
and has now become the nucleus of a shopping complex. Dayton Valley now boasts two medical complexes, two veterinary clinics, numerous eateries, several casinos, gas stations, mechanics, and other services, and many other modern amenities. It
also will soon have its hospital. New subdivisions, four schools, a public library, a senior center, museums, churches, fire
departments, an airstrip, industrial, and business areas reflect the rapid change.
Current Population Dayton, NV: 8,964
Average Dayton Home Price: $348,900
Average House Rent: $1,450/mo
Fernley is strategically located as a north-south, east-west transportation hub. Several Fortune 500 companies have
discovered Fernley’s affordable industrial parks, large land parcels with rail and highway access. Over 85% of the State of
Nevada is public lands, and extensive outdoor recreation opportunities surround Fernley. Pyramid Lake is 15
miles to the north, Lake Lahontan is 12 miles to the south, the Fernley Wildlife Management area joins Fernley on the east
and the Truckee River to the west. Lake Tahoe is also just a short drive away. Fernley’s central location makes recreational
activities such as boating, water skiing, camping, fishing and swimming easily accessible. The outdoor enthusiast has
numerous events that take advantage of the over 300 days a year of clear skies and ideal temperatures. Fernley lies amid millions of acres of public lands that are a thrill for anyone who loves the outdoors.
Current Population Fernley, NV: 19,588
Average Fernley Home Price: $289,900
Average House Rent: $1,600/mo
Yerington is located in a region rich in history and western lore. John C. Fremont made the first recorded account of this
region in 1844. He was on his second expedition to explore and map the West and followed the course of the Walker River
into a large fertile valley. This valley was later named after it’s first settlement, N.H.A. “Hock” Mason, who established the
area’s first homestead and the name Mason Valley. Today, Yerington, incorporated in 1907 and the county seat enjoys the
diversity of both industrial and agricultural lifestyles. One can enjoy the simple pleasures of a rural lifestyle and yet experience
Nevada’s unbeatable business climate. Yerington offers many amenities such as a municipal airport, prime business
and industrial sites, and complete infrastructure improvements. With a strong and diverse local economy and yet within
proximity to all the amenities of an urban center ( Reno & Carson City), Yerington offers the best of both worlds—a
friendly, safe hometown with all of the business opportunities.
Current Population Yerington, NV: 3,142
Average Yerington Home Price: $269,000
Average House Rent: N/A
Smith Valley is located on SR 208 approximately 20 miles southwest of Mason Valley. It is a rural farm and ranch
community located near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where one can observe wildlife and enjoy
abundant outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and hiking. Hay is the most abundant crop; however, potatoes, onions, garlic, and grain crops are produced along with several cattle and cattle feedlot operations. The two rural agricultural communities of Smith and Wellington are situated in this beautiful valley that is only 15 miles from the California border.
Current Population Smith Valley, NV: 1,603
Average Dayton Home Price: $619,950
Average House Rent: N/A
Lyon County welcomes your business and is available to assist you in completing your Business License
application and obtaining other required clearances or permits. We will also gladly provide you with
information regarding other various requirements needed to get your license; however, it is presented as
Any person, partnership, association, firm, or corporation engaging in any trade, calling, service, profession, or
a business venture is required to obtain a license or permit as set forth by Lyon County Code, whether or not they
have offices located in Lyon County.
Signage and Other Requirements
Each business licensee, except home occupations, may post a sign and address on the outside of the business that
is visible from the roadway.
Some businesses may be required to carry liquor, gaming or other licenses. Please contact our office for more
information and requirements for additional licenses issued by Lyon County.
Lyon County Code
The complete Lyon County Code about business licenses (including liquor, gaming, brothel, and adult
cabarets) may be viewed online.
Lyon County Clerk/Treasurer’s Office
27 S. Main Street
Yerington, NV 89447
Phone: (775) 463-6501
Fax: (775) 463-5305
Lyon County Education
The Lyon County School District central office is located at 25 East Goldfield Avenue in Yerington. The District
office is open 8:00am-5: 00 pm Monday through Friday, including during the summer months when school is not in
session. The current Superintendent of Schools is Mr. Keith Savage, who has held the position since 2012.
The District is the largest employer in Lyon County, employing 582 licensed staff, 326 classified staff, and just over
400 substitute staff across 18 schools, four school bus yards, and the District office.
Lyon County School District-775.463.6800/www.lyon.k12.nv.us
Lyon County Assessor 775.463.6520
Animal Services 775.577.5005
Buildings and Grounds 775.463.6551
Business Licenses 775.463.6501
Child Support 775.463.6530
Community Development & Building Dept 775.463.6591 or 775.246.6135
Western Nevada College 888.729.9626 – Fernley
Western Nevada College 888.729.9626 – Yerington
Western Nevada College 775.423.7565 – Fallon
County Roads 775.463.6551
City of Fernley 775.784.9800
Lyon County School District 775.463.6800 or www.lyon.k12.nv.us
Voter Registration 775.463.6501 or 775.577.5033
Parks and Recreation 775.246.6227
Lyon County Libraries 775.463.6645
Dayton Chamber of Commerce 775.246.7909
Fernley Chamber of Commerce 775.575.4459
Yerington Chamber of Commerce 775.463.2245
Silver Springs Chamber of Commerce 775.577.4336
Lyon County Recorder’s Office 775.463.6581
Zoning Information 775.463.6501
Economic Development Authority 775.883.4413
Building Inspections 775.463.6591 or 775.246.6135
JOIN Job Connect 775.834.1970
Reno Tahoe International Airport is the only major airport in Reno/
Sparks has many destination points around the world. From Lyon
County areas it is 30minutes to an hour drive into Reno.
Reno/Tahoe International Airport
2001 E. Plumb Lane
Carson City Airport
2600 E College Parkway
South Lake Tahoe Airport
1901 Airport Rd
Reno-Sparks Cab Co. – 775.333.3333
Whittlesea Taxi – 775.322.2222
US Hwy 95A
3 miles south of Fernley
4,286 foot long paved runway
Silver Springs Airport
1991 Hwy 50
13 miles south of Fernley
6,600 foot long paved runway
Fallon Municipal Airport
27 miles east of Fernley
24 hours, 5,700 ft runway, full serve
Things To Do
Dayton Valley Days
Dayton Valley Days are a community get together for two days out of the year that are jam-packed with events
complete with a Chili Cook-Off and numerous parades. The World Famous Dayton Valley Days Pet Parade has
grown to be quite popular where owners and their pets get to prance around Dayton.
Dayton State Park
Dayton State Park consists of 160 acres with typical Great Basin desert typography. Cottonwood, desert sage, rabbit brush, and willows are present and the lower park borders the Carson River. The park features the remains
of the Rock Point Mill built in 1861, a remnant of Dayton’s mining glory days. Originally a Paiute fishing camp, the
park provides a beautiful site to camp, picnic, hike or hold group outings.
Fernley 95a Raceway
Fernley 95a Raceway is Nevada’s premiere motorsports complex. This track is located just a short drive from Reno
and has hosted some of Northern Nevada’s most prestigious national and local racing events. From the National
Sprint Car Series to Off-Road Competitions, Fernley 95a Raceway offers it all.
Burning Man is an annual art festival located in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Tens of thousands of people
gather in Nevada’s desert to create Black Rock City which is a temporary art and self-expression community. This
event happens over labor day weekend and the total travel time from Fernley to Black Rock Desert is 1 hour 30
Night in the Country
Night in the Country is a three day Country & Western music concert held away from the big city lights for over 15 years,
out in the quiet farming town of Yerington. They provide top name music stars and offer a great music line up and camping
at the site.
Lyon County Fair & Rodeo
Every August the Lyon County Fair and Rodeo is held at the Lyon County Fair Grounds. This family event includes a fair,
rodeo, carnival, demolition derby, kids night, tractor pulls, parade, and numerous other family-friendly activities.
Running R Arena
The Running R Arena located in Smith Valley, NV is home to sanctioned and non-sanctioned Team Roping Jackpots, Barrel
Racing and is a practice site for the Nevada State Championship– High School Rodeo Competition. For more information
on ongoing Running R Arena events, please visit www.russellfunk.com
Smith Valley Rotary Fun Days
Enjoy a weekend full of fun at the annual Smith Valley Rotary Fun Days. This event is complete with food, fun, and
vendors. For more information, please visit www.portal.clubrunner.ca/8460
Nevada State Parks
Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, nature study, star-gazing—not your thing? How about mountain biking, horseback
riding, boating, water skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating? Choose your favorite outdoor activity, and Nevada State Parks will
provide a place for it. Nevada’s 23 state parks, recreation areas, and historic sites are stretched across terrains as diverse as
alpine forests and bone-dry deserts. Among them are natural lakes and human-made reservoirs, such as world-famous, 22 miles
long Lake Tahoe or the much smaller Echo Canyon and its 35-acre reservoir.
Other parks provide glimpses into the past. Valley of Fire is one of the state’s oldest, with 3,000-year-old petroglyphs carved
in sandstone and breathtaking views of the maroon-colored rock formations created during the age of the dinosaurs.
Mormon Station in Genoa and the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort feature replicas of 19th-century fortifications and visitor
centers are explaining regional history.
Many campgrounds and RV facilities are open all year, depending on the weather – you can even stay in a yurt at Cave Lake
State Park near Ely. Trailheads are well marked, and facilities at many parks include RV dump stations, showers and day use
facilities for groups. For more information on Off-highway Vehicles (OHV) registration, go to the Department of Motor
Vehicles at dmvnv.com.
- Beaver Dam State Park
- Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
- Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area
- Cathedral Gorge State Park
- Cave Lake State Park
- Dayton State Park
- Echo Canyon State Park
- Elgin Schoolhouse State Historic Site
- Fort Churchill State Historic Site
- Fort Churchill State Historic Park
- Kershaw-Ryan State Park
- Lahontan State Recreation Area
- Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
- Mormon Station State Historic Park
- Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park
- Rye Patch State Recreation Area
- South Fork State Recreation Area
- Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
- Spring Valley State Park
- Valley of Fire State Park
- Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park
- Washoe Lake State Park
- Wild Horse State Recreation Park
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