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Derby Nevada

Derby Nevada

Derby Nevada Overview

Derby was a mining camp and home to workers of the Derby Diversion Dam and canal in Washoe County, Nevada.

Also known as Roderick, Derby City, and Derby Siding.

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Year Established/Founded

The early 1900s

Derby Nevada History

By our research, it appears that the town of Derby was used as a mining town and to house workers who were working on the dam and canal. We have a lot of information to dig into and will update this part once we untangle the references.


  • October 2, 1903 – Construction on the dam begins
  • Fall 1904 – Gold strikes led to the founding of a camp
  • May 20, 1905 – Construction on the dam is completed
  • mid-1906 – The Derby post office opened and the area included a Southern Pacific station
  • 1907 – The San Francisco Recorder described Derby as a promising camp where a mill might soon be built. Stages ran to Olinghouse and the round-trip fare was $1.50.
  • 1922 – Nothing came of the mines and the Derby post office closed 
  • 1929 – The Roderick post office opened 
  • 1936 – The Roderick post office closed 



Post Office

  • Derby (1906 – 1922) 
  • Roderick (1929 – 1936)

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Unknown at this time

The Population of Derby Nevada

In 1912 the population was approximately 50 residents.



GPS Coordinates

39° 35′ 19.69″ N, 119° 22′ 23.62″ W

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