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Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.


Statistics & Facts

The Nevada state capital is Carson City.
The population of Fernley is approximately 8,543 (2000), 19368 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3,432 (2000), 7048 (2010).
The amount of land area in Fernley is 89.896 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Fernley is 35.4 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Fernley to Washington DC is 2393 miles.
The distance to the Nevada state capital is 42 miles. (as the crow flies)
Fernley is positioned 39.58 degrees north of the equator and 119.20 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Fernley elevation is 4,200 feet above sea level with mountain peaks in the area rising to 10,000 feet above sea level.
Fernley median income is $ 44,695.
The Fernley median home price is $ 123,200.
Fernley average annual rainfall is 5 inches per year
The average low temperature is (winter) 27.9 degrees F.
The average high temperature is (summer) 92.3 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 33.5 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 50.6 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 74.7 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 53.1 degrees F.


in northwestern Nevada at the intersections of Interstate 80, U.S. 50 and U.S. 95A, 28 miles east of Reno and 27 miles west of Fallon. Other nearby communities include Wadsworth, Silver Springs and Nixon
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semi-arid. The winter may bring cold temperatures and some snow, but nothing extreme is normally experienced.
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History & History Related Items

Fernley, Nevada was established in 1904 and thanks to the ambitious "Newlands Project" which brought waters from the Truckee River, developed as primarily an agricultural and ranching community. Early in its history Fernley established its first schoolhouse. The one room school house is still in use today as the home of the Fernley Chamber of Commerce. Also in the early 1900's the sense of community in Fernley and the town's oldest Civic organization, The Fernley Improvement Club established the Fernley Community Hall. This hall is in use today and is available for community and private functions. It is also the home of the Fernley Little Theater troupe which is enjoying increasing popularity among the citizens of our town.

In 1905 the Fernley station was listed in the official railroad guide and in December 1913, grading started for the new Fernley Depot, which was completed in August of 1914. The Depot was in use until the Southern Pacific Railroad closed it in September of 1985. The Depot was purchased by the Fernley Preservation Society in January of 1986 and was moved to its present location on Main Street in September 1986. Through donations and the labor of the community, the Depot is being restored and will live on as a symbol of the community's rich history.

Fernley was established as a "township"' in the 1930's and remains an unincorporated township of Lyon County. Many say the town did not begin to really take advantage of its unincorporated status until 1985, with the installation of a self-governing board. All matters of development and business go before the Fernley Town Board which conducts public hearings twice a month.

The community is still bounded on two sides by alfalfa fields, however local dairies were out of business by 1982. In the 1980's business and industry started to take hold in Fernley with the establishment of the first Industrial Park. Due to its location at the confluence of three major highways extending North, South, East and West, and the main northern line of the Union Pacific Railroad, by the mid 1990's Fortune 500 companies were taking a look at Fernley as a location to better service their west coast and pacific rim customers. The area's second major Industrial Park developed and today several of these companies have located facilities in Fernley, benefiting the community and leading the way into the future.

Along with growth came Fernley's first 18-hole golf course in 1996. Fernley public school are part of the Lyon County School District. Fernley boasts two elementary, one middle and one high school of the public variety. Fernley Christian School is the private educator and teaches 4th through 12th grades.

Local church congregations include Free Methodist, Southern Baptist, Assembly of God, Episcopal Missionary, Roman Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran and several independent Christian churches.

A history page about Fernley.

For the history buffs Fernley is an easy 1/2 hour drive to the historic Fort Churchill, or head off to the Buckland Station (currently being restored), a "Pony Express" station. Fernley is just an hour's drive to historic Native American Petroglyphs (east of Fallon) and Virginia City (to the southwest). Visit historic Ghost Towns and mine sites all within a days drive of Fernley.
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The settling of Fernley


The founding of Fernley


The incorporation of Fernley

1 July 2001


Many recreational facilities are nearby; Pyramid Lake is 15 miles north or Lake Lahonton, just 12 miles south. Recreation in the area.
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Fernley City Government

City of Fernley
595 Silver Lace Blvd
Fernley, NV
Phone: (775) 575-5455 Fernley has a Town Board/Town Manager form of government. The citizens of Fernley are very active in the workings of the town.

Fernley Chamber

Fernley Chamber of Commerce
70 N. West St.
P.O. Box 1606
Fernley, NV. 89408-1606
Ph. (775) 575-4459
Fax (775) 575- 2626

Fernley Organizations

Fernley Chamber of Commerce
70 N. West St.
P.O. Box 1606
Fernley, NV. 89408-1606
Ph. (775) 575-4459
Fax (775) 575- 2626

Fernley Schools

Fernley Christian School
1364 Canal Drive
Fernley NV 89408
Phone (702) 575-2771.
Email: It is a 4th through 12th grade school.

Cottonwood Elementary School
925 Farm District Road
Fernley, Nevada
Phone: (775) 575-3414

Fernley Elementary School
450 Hardie Lane
Fernley, Nevada
Phone: (775) 575-3420

Fernley Intermediate School
320 Hardie Lane
Fernley, Nevada
Phone: (775) 575-3390

Fernley High School
1300 Highway 95A
Fernley, Nevada
Phone: (775) 575-3400

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