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Originally established as a railroad depot, Fernley achieved prominence when Derby Dam allowed irrigation of the family farms homesteaded here. Recently Fernley has blossomed as an industrial center. Motels, restaurants, gasoline are all available, and the Veteran's Cemetery draws visitors the year around.

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    The source of Fernley's name remains a mystery. A few unconvincing theories have been tried, but no living soul truly knows who or what a Fernley was. That reveals something about the transitory nature of fame, but it is irritating to people who like their history neat and tidy.

    Fernley’s life began in 1906 with the railroad, but it was relatively eventless until the Newlands Reclamation Project resulted in the construction of Derby Dam and the establishment of irrigated farms. These small family homesteads supported a scattered population, but many of them were foreclosed during the Depression.

    The community’s main attraction, other than the Semi-On-A-Stick you see from the autobahn, is visible to the north: the Veterans’ Cemetery, where rest the remains of hundreds of former service men and women. There is an extensive collectionvof
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    Native American stone-, bone- and beadwork displayed on the walls of The Wigwam Cafe. The artifacts are arranged in their frames with creative flair, which is interesting, but without information, which is frustrating. The old Fernley & Lassen railroad depot is being restored on Main Street and will become a museum
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