Derby Dam

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Derby Diversion Dam
Derby Diversion Dam.jpg
Aerial view of the dam
Derby Dam is located in Nevada
Derby Dam
Derby Dam is located in the US
Derby Dam
Location Storey / Washoe counties, Nevada
Nearest city Sparks, Nevada
Coordinates 39°35′9″N 119°26′49″W / 39.58583°N 119.44694°W / 39.58583; -119.44694Coordinates: 39°35′9″N 119°26′49″W / 39.58583°N 119.44694°W / 39.58583; -119.44694
Built 1903
MPS Newlands Reclamation TR (AD)
NRHP Reference # 78001727[1]
Added to NRHP April 26, 1978

Derby Dam is a diversion dam on the Truckee River, located between Reno and Fernley in Storey and Washoe counties in the U.S. state of Nevada. It diverts water that would otherwise feed Pyramid Lake into the Carson River watershed for irrigation use. In doing so, Winnemucca Lake lost inflow and dried up. It is operated by the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. The dam was named after the Derby Southern Pacific Railroad station.[2]

The project was authorized by Ethan A. Hitchcock and built in 1903, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as the "Derby Diversion Dam."[1]


The dam was constructed for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation following an authorization for construction issued on March 14, 1903. Construction commenced on October 2, 1903 and was completed on May 20, 1905.[3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ ""Derby Diversion Dam" Waymark". Groundspeak,. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Derby Diversion Dam". Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-30.