Lovelock, Nevada

Lovelock is a busy little town on Interstate 80 in northern, Nevada, and its name really says it all. Although it was named after George Lovelock, a pioneer in developing mineral and agricultural resources in the area, the community put a different spin on its name when it brought the Chinese custom of love-locking to America nearly a decade ago. The sweet tradition of securing locks to a chain is meant to ensure unending love, and miles upon miles of lock-laden chains weave through the Yellow Mountains and along the Great Wall in China and today, more than two thousand locks adorn chains at the Lovers Lock Plaza in Lovelock.

Come Valentine’s Day, special anniversaries or a romantic, spur-of-the-moment idea, couples can regularly be found locking their love in Lovelock. The plaza is tucked behind the historic Pershing County Courthouse grounds, and the ritual consists of finding an empty spot on a chain, securing your lock and love, and throwing away the key. Locks are available for purchase at business throughout town, and should the impulse to make it official strike, couples can legally declare their love with a wedding at one of the last round courthouses in the nation.

Lovelock’s Marzen House is another historic site, a circa-1874 home that today showcases old mining equipment, American Indian artifacts and even items that once belonged to Lovelock’s most famous resident, Edna Purviance. A film star from the silent-movie era, she appeared in many films with Charlie Chaplin. Another interesting site for a tour is the Lovelock Depot, formerly a Union Pacific depot that is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For something a little more contemporary, there’s a nice selection of shops and restaurants too.

Besides historic tours, shopping, eating and love-locking, Lovelock hosts regular events that draw quite a crowd. February is known for the annual Balloon Lovers Aloft, a hot-air balloon event, and then there are sporting events and championships, parades, and the annual summer Frontier Days.

Outside of town, there’s no end to the family-friendly activities. The nearby Rye Patch State Recreation Area has a campground, boat launch and picnic area. The reservoir itself is known for its excellent swimming, water sports, and great fishing. The reservoir is also a welcome relief from the arid 40 Mile Desert, with its alkali flats and endless acres of sagebrush. Ancient American Indian artifacts can still be unearthed in the Lovelock Caves and the vast untamed landscape.

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Lovelock, NV

The byway begins at the Marzen House Museum in Lovelock on the southwest side of town just off I-80.  Lovelock Cave yielded thousands of artifacts, including the famous Lovelock Cave duck decoys, baskets and textiles that are now held in museums throughout the United States. Best during the summer and early fall.

Lovelock, NV

Built in 1880, it is the only remaining station in a series of residential No. 2 style, two-story station houses built along the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Lovelock, NV

The Lazy K RV Park is a perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet. Lovelock used to be a little old train town, and now it has grown bigger than just a train town. The park has trees everywhere. The trees make a canopy shading the entire park. Do not worry about cable because they have cable with all of the pull thru's and all of the full hook up sites. They also have a Cafe/Deli, Bar, General Store, Laundry and Showers, and a Game Room (for the kids.)

Lovelock, NV

Lovers from around the world lock their love in Lovelock following the ancient Chinese custom of placing a lock on a never-ending chain. More than 1,000 locks adorn Lovers Lock Plaza, located behind the Lovelock courthouse.

Lovelock, NV

Enjoy Valentine's Day, and President's Day weekend, watching colorful and graceful hot air balloons glide along the bright blue sky.