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Pershing County

Lovelock - County Seat

Lovelock is located on Interstate Highway 80 about halfway between Reno and Winnemucca. It was an important water source for Native Americans before Anglo-Europeans came to the area. In the early decades of the nineteenth century, fur trappers and early explorers valued the extensive meadows as a place to recruit their livestock and it became an important stopping place for wagon trains in the middle of the nineteenth century. In 1866 George Lovelock purchased 320 acres of meadow land and built a home. He operated a station in Hill Beachley's stagecoah line. In 1868 the Central Pacific Railroad laid tracks through what was then known as Big Meadows and a railroad station was built. Lovelock donated 85 acres of his land for a town site which was accordingly named after it's donor. By the turn of the century the community was an important agricultural center and supply point for mining in the surrounding hills. It is the county seat of Pershing County and has a very unique circular courthouse.

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