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Gerlach, Nevada

Gerlach, Nevada
Census-designated place
Location of Gerlach, Nevada
Location of Gerlach, Nevada
Country United States
State Nevada
 • Total 3.1 sq mi (8.1 km2)
 • Land 3.1 sq mi (8.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 206
 • Density 66/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 89412
Area code(s) 775
FIPS code 32-27300
Reference no. 152
The water tower in Gerlach is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gerlach, Nevada is a census-designated place (CDP) in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. The population was 206 at the 2010 census.[1] It is part of the RenoSparks Metropolitan Statistical Area. Prior to 2010, Gerlach was part of the Gerlach–Empire census-designated place. The town of Empire is now a separate CDP. The next nearest town, Nixon, is 60 miles (100 km) to the south on a reservation owned by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. The Fly Geyser is located near Gerlach.


  • Geography 1
  • Economy 2
  • History 3
  • Transportation 4
  • In film 5
  • Radio 6
  • References 7


According to the United States Census Bureau, the Gerlach CDP has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.1 km2), all land.[1] Its elevation is 3,946 ft (1,203 m).


The economy of Gerlach focuses on tourism in the nearby Black Rock Desert, and hunting. Gypsum mining was the historic staple of the local economy until 2011. Nearby Empire was a company town of the United States Gypsum Corporation (USG) until the plant closed on January 31, 2011, eliminating 95 jobs.[2][3]

The other major industries are a Union Pacific switching station in Gerlach and public services of Washoe County, which includes its roads department and a K–12 public school owned by the Washoe County School District; the future of the Gerlach K–12 School is unknown, as it is estimated that after the gypsum plant closes only around a dozen children will remain in Gerlach.[2] Many of the inhabitants of Gerlach are elderly retirees. Many people in Gerlach also have small private businesses. Many are Internet-based, due to the town's remote location. Hunters from all over the west travel to Gerlach to hunt a wide variety of game such as chukar, geese, deer, antelope, etc. Bruno's restaurant hosts several private parties in a large room in the back which is available for rent.

Since 1990,

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Gerlach CDP, Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Huffington Post: "Empire, Nevada Completely Wiped Out By Recession", June 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Bruder, Jessica (June 11, 2011). "Slump in construction industry creates a Sheetrock ghost town". The Christian Science Monitor. Yahoo! News. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Burning Man crowd in Nevada desert tops 61,000". Associated Press. 2013-08-31. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  5. ^ Fulbright, Leslie (August 28, 2005), "A warmer welcome, Residents of small Nevada town profit from annual counter cultural festival",  
  6. ^ Carlson, Helen S. (1974-01-01). Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary.  
  7. ^ Nevada Historical Marker 152, Nevada Historical Preservation Office
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Gerlach has two non-profit community based radio stations. KFBR-FM 91.5 [9] is run by Friends of Black Rock/High Rock,[10] and has a studio at Jalisco's on Main Street. KLAP-FM[11] 89.5 is run by Open Sky Radio Corp, and broadcast from a studio located at 395 Main Street in the old Gerlach Gas Station and Garage Building Office.


Gerlach was one of the film locations for the film Far From Home (1989). Gerlach was also the site for Gary Cooper's first (credited) film, The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926).[8]

In film

Gerlach has an airfield, simply a graded dirt strip, which is no longer usable. It should not be used unless under emergency.

Primary highway access to Gerlach is provided by State Route 447. It can also be accessed via three former state highways: State Route 34, State Route 48, and State Route 49 (also known as Jungo Road).


Gerlach was founded in 1906[6] during the construction[7] of the Feather River Route of the Western Pacific Railroad.


In 2009, the Space Chair was lofted to near space north of Gerlach.


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