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The city of Fernley, Utah is situated in Lyon City, Utah. It was established in 1904, primarily as a ranching and agricultural community. Fernley owes its existence largely to the Newlands Reclamation Act of 1902, which provided an essential irrigation system to the area. Another important resource to the community was the Southern Pacific Railroad, which rerouted its rails through northwestern Nevada, creating the Fernley siding. It had nothing more than a station stop, a wye (which is a triangular junction used, among other things, to turn trains around), and a telegraph. The post office opened in April of 1908, as did the first public school. The Truckee Canal was built in 1905, providing easier access to the community of Fernley, and in 1913, grading began for the new Fernley Depot. That depot remained in use until 1985, when the Southern Pacific Railroad closed it. It was moved to Main Street in 1986 and renovated. It remains on Main Street as a symbol of the town's history.

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