Yerington is a sweet, picturesque town that feels like home to nearly anyone who visits. It sits on the banks of the Walker River in the fertile Mason Valley, and it’s come quite a distance from its humble beginnings as a small trading post and whiskey store in the 1870s. That’s where the town’s original name, Pizen Switch, originated, in reference to a vile local liquor. As the community grew more established and genteel, the more respectable name of Greenfield was chosen. A few years later, the townspeople voted to change the name once again, this time in hopes of flattering a certain railway superintendent called Henry Mavin Yerington into including the town on a railroad route. It didn’t work, but the name stuck anyway.
The small-town charm of Yerington remains to this day, and it’s a big part of its appeal. There are plenty of interesting and historic things to do and see in the friendly community. The Lyon County Museum has frontier relics on display, and visitors can browse items from dolls to shooting irons to Chinese antiquities discovered in the area. There are also a few standing structures, including a one-room, eight-grade schoolhouse and a fully-stocked 19th-century grocery store. Fort Churchill State Historic Park, the first and largest military post in the state, is nearby, and Yerington is also home to the largest trap shooting range in central Nevada, as well as a couple of casinos for good old-fashioned Nevada style gaming. The town hosts a number of annual events, like the Spring Fling Car Show, the Portuguese Cultural Celebration, the Lyon County Fair & Rodeo, the Spirit of Wovoka Days Powwow, and community events like team roping, picnics, potlucks and craft fairs. Yerington is also centrally located to plenty of great fishing, hiking, camping and sightseeing.