Heading northeast from Reno along Interstate 80, you'll first encounter Lovelock, a western farming community which has served as a comfortable stopping place for travelers since the days of the wagon trains.
The lyrically-named seat of Pershing County, Lovelock at first sight offers the Interstate-80 traveler emerald vistas of alfalfa, a lush vision after miles of desert scrub and sagebrush. No wonder Lovelock was known early on as "Big Meadows."
Lovelock's greenery is fed by the waters of the Humboldt River, stored at Rye Patch Reservoir, a state recreation area 22 miles north of the city. a favorite of fishermen and boaters, and a principal playground for locals and visitors, Rye Patch also is often mistaken for a mirage by highway-hypnotized tourists. Don't be fooled.
Quite possibly Nevada's most well rounded small city, Lovelock's agriculture, mineral and livestock industries hum along at a dependable clip, year after year. The area boasts the state's largest feedlot, the nation's second-largest silver mine (Coeur Rochester), and extensive farming operations which produce high-quality alfalfa, wheat, barley and oats.
Speaking of "well-rounded," Lovelock's claim to architectural fame is its round courthouse, said to be the only one of its kind in the nation still functioning as a courthouse. Designed by noted architect Frederick J. DeLongchamps and built in 1919, the building occupies a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
And speaking of history, a side trip to the ghost town of Unionville - where Mark Twain had a cabin during his prospecting days - is a vivid journey into the past.
Located within easy driving distance of Reno, Lovelock is ideally situated as a place far enough from the city to maintain its smalltown character, but close enough to take advantage of metropolitan shopping and entertainment.
Lovelock grew as an important waystation for the traveler on the way West. It still is. Its cool greenery, friendly people and bountiful attractions make the western gateway to Cowboy Country a refreshing stopover, indeed.
Pershing County Courthouse
Venue for History Portrayed - Lovelock - Designed by noted architect Frederick J. DeLongchamps, built in 1919, it occupies a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
Marzen House Museum
Relics of the past preserved - Lovelock - Named for an early rancher this building records such memories as Charlie Chaplin's leading lady, Edna Purviance, who grew up here in Lovelock.
Who's Watching Whom? - Unionville - Mule deer are frequently seen early morning or late evening in this peaceful canyon with pure water and green grass.
Pool of Many Purposes
Guarded by the Clock Tower - Lovelock - Safety training, swim meet, or just plain splashing around are yours for enjoying in our Olympic-size public swimming pool, a refuge from the summer heat.
Old Pioneer Garden B&B
Relax and view the Old West - Unionville - For a historic study or a quiet get-a-way this experience is unique for home grown meals by gracious hosts.
Playground on the Strip
Something for Everyone - Lovelock - children of all ages can find something to do in our strip park, shaded with trees of many species and carpeted with spacious lawn.
Spokes of Time
Unionville - Historic building are a plenty in this the first county seat of what was at that time Humboldt County. Mark Twain made his presence known here.
Reservoir of Many Uses
Rye Patch - Open year round, developed by the Nevada Division of State Parks for your benefit and enjoyment offering most outdoor recreation opportunities.
Mines of Metal
Old rochester - The area boasts the nation's largest silver mine. Coeur Rochester rests near the site of Old Rochester, a short drive from Lovelock.
Lovelock - Whether Jr. or Sr. Rodeo, both annually bring competitors from far and wide for fun and comradery in the arena.
Tufa Rock on Guard
Lovelock - These remnants of the ancient Lake Lahontan stand guard over the green "Big Meadow" valley along the Humboldt River, a rest stop for early emigrants.
Depot, On the road to Recovery
Lovelock - The Depot restoration is complete and this landmark is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Stop in and enjoy a great sandwich or ice cream concoction and enjoy this historic building.
Spoken or Written, Recorded, and Read - Lovelock - Much of the history of Pershing County, the City of Lovelock, and the people who played a role in their develpment is available in our public Library.
Released by Spring Rains - Pershing County - No greater beauty is there than that found in the desert after a series of spring rains. You need not travel far from Lovelock to see Mother Nature's paintings.