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Lovelock is an agricultural town founded by immigrant pioneers as a stopping point before beginning a 40-mile desert crossing. It is said to have the only round courthouse in use in the country and offers such recreational diversions as gaming casinos, stock car races and rodeos. Hunting and fishing are profitable in the surrounding area. Small Tufa Park, 5 miles west of town, features geological deposits created by ancient Lake Lahontan, which covered the area thousands of years ago.
The 20,241-acre Rye Patch State Recreation Area has facilities for camping, fishing, swimming, boating and picnicking. It's 22 miles north of Lovelock, just off I-80 exit 129.
The Marzen House , at the southwest end of Cornell Avenue, houses the Pershing County Museum. Displays of antiques, mineral ores, pioneer memorabilia and Paiute Indian artifacts are exhibited in the 1874 two-story frame house. The museum is open from May through September; phone (775) 273-4949.
At Lovers Lock Plaza behind the courthouse, visiting friends, families and couples can practice an ancient Chinese tradition by symbolically “locking their love.” The custom is to affix a lock to a chain and throw away the key. Heart-shaped locks can be purchased from participating businesses within the city.
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Pershing County Chamber of Commerce 1005 W. Broadway Ave. LOVELOCK, NV 89419. Phone:(775)273-7213
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