Lyon County is named for Nathaniel Lyon, who was a general killed in action at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in 1861.
Created: November 25, 1861
Dayton 1861 – 1909
Yerington 1909 – present
County Courthouse – Yerrington
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 structure. 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.
Note: 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.
See: Frederic J DeLongchamps designed courthouses located in Carson City ( Ormsby County ), Douglas County. Humboldt Couinty, Lander County, Perishing County and Washoe County. He also designed the California courthouse in Alpine County.
County Justice Complex – Yerrington
Location: 911 Harvey Way / Oregon Street
Built: 2011 – 2013
Architect: CRA Architects
Contractor: Sletten Construction
Description: The building faces west and is a two story metal siding and concrete structure. The west front has a central entrance with a two story concrete porch and recessed doors on the first story. The roof is sloped.
Photos taken 2013