Dixie Valley, Nevada

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For the broader physiographic area and military range, see Dixie Valley.
Dixie Valley, Nevada
Ghost town
Dixie Valley, Nevada is located in Nevada
Dixie Valley, Nevada
Dixie Valley, Nevada
Coordinates: 39°43′23″N 118°4′49″W / 39.72306°N 118.08028°W / 39.72306; -118.08028
Country United States
State Nevada
County Churchill
GNIS feature ID 864479 (1800s post office)[1]

Dixie Valley, Nevada, was a small ranching town in Churchill County, Nevada until the area was acquired in 1995 by the US Navy for the Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC).[2] The town had no retail businesses, most residents were more than a mile from their nearest neighbor, and a 1-room school (grades 1-8) was the teacher's residence and served as a meeting, dance, & election hall (grades 9-12 were bussed 75 miles to Fallon, Nevada).

The medium-sized Dixie Valley geothermal power plant (1988, 66 megawatts)[3] employs ~30 people and has 12 production steam wells and ~24 injection wells.

1954 earthquakes[edit]

In 1954, the Dixie Valley/Fairview earthquakes (7.1 & 6.6 ML) resulted in the appearance of large visible faults.[4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dixie Valley, Nevada
  2. ^ Mackedon, Michon. "Dixie Land". WNC.edu. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  3. ^ Shevenell, Lisa, et al (2000). "Geothermal Resources in Nevada". Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ "Dixie Valley - Fairview Peak area, Nevada". Retrieved 2010-07-20.