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You’ve come a long way, baby, you’re almost home, here is a good place to stop!You may be parched, famished, and you might be sick of driving. Salt Lake City lies about 500 miles to the east; and Black Rock City is another 150 miles to the west. Yes, you're almost there — but you still got a ways to go.
Why Stop in Lovelock?
Set on the western edge of “Cowboy Country,” Lovelock is your only pit stop on I-80 for another 60 miles before you hit Fernley, so you may want to fill up on some gas here, maybe grab a bed, a shower and some food, get some Lock Love, and even load up on many of the supplies to be found at the local enterprises who enjoy our company and know our needs.
Lovelock is also the seat of Pershing County — the same county where Burning Man takes place — and therefore the town is an important and close neighbor to Black Rock City. If you have some time, stop in Lovelock, visit the sights there or nearby, and enjoy some of the local restaurants. And still struggling after from the Great Recession of 2008-2011, they could use the business. Show them some love.
While it is reported by some that 20% of this community has been to Burning Man, Lovelock is by-and-large still a somewhat conservative agricultural, mining, and services community of 2400 people — but they are increasingly coming to love us and our arts and culture. So please also remember that we are all Black Rock City diplomats and be respectful of and kind to our close neighbors.
And of special note to Lovelock's and Burning Man's growing relationship, major solar arrays have been installed at the Lovelock Elementary and High Schools, and at the Pershing County General Hospital, by our very own Black Rock Solar!
There are three exits into Lovelock off of I-80: Exit 107 is on the east side of town; Exit 106 goes to downtown; and Exit 105 leads to the west end.
In terms of bearings, C-Punch Inn & Casino (formerly Sturgeon’s) is on the east side of town. Golden Gate Truck Stop and the Safeway are at or near the town's center. And Two Stiffs Selling Gas is on the west side. Most of the businesses in the town can be found along Cornell Avenue, the main stretch through town, on Dartmouth and Broadway Streets that parellel Cornell, and on Main Street, which straddles all three of these streets and forms the town center.
Worth Checking OutLovelock’s historic round courthouse (401 Main Street) is said to be the only one of its kind in the nation still functioning as a courthouse, built in 1920-21 by Frederic Joseph DeLongchamps.
There is also a really kind of cool activity to be found here for people in marriage or other partnerships: You can “Lock your Love” in the park next to the courthouse. You can bring your own lock, or buy one at some of the nearby businesses — Temptations or the Lovelock Visitors Center/Pershing County of Commerce — and “Lock Your Love” onto a fence designated for such purposes. It's free beyond the price you pay for the lock and the infinite value of your love.
You also might want to check out the Marzen House Pershing County Museum — formerly the showplace and home of a wealthy rancher, now restored and chock full of nifty artifacts from Lovelock’s early days.
And, finally, where did the name come from?! Lovelock is named for George Lovelock, a Welsh immigrant who, in 1867, donated eighty-five acres for a town site and right-of-way for the transcontinental railroad and railway depot. And love stories have gathered there ever since…
For further information on Lovelock and the environs, here are some helpful links:
Hardware & Camping Gear
The Big R Store
1210 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2687 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm. Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Best place in town to get many of your hardware/camping needs. Tools, pvc, conduit, wood, tents, sleeping bags, coolers, lanterns, headlamps, tarps, generators, stoves and water containers are just some of what you can find here.
Corner of Main Street and Cornell Avenue – 775-273-0219 – map
Open Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Located in the heart of town in the historic Lovelock Mercantile Building, Nanny Joe’s is a new thrift store carrying vintage clothing, hats and curiosities.
Heart of Nevada / Lovelock Trading Post
485 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-0771 - map
Open Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. Thrift store and pawnshop, carrying new and used tools, some camping gear, tarps, duct tape, shoes and flip flops, and kitchenware.
395 Main Street, Suite 700 – 775-273-1921 - map
Open Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm. Located in the heart of Lovelock. Patty and Galen have a very beautiful and awesome place that serves sandwiches and wraps, coffee, ice cream, iced coffees, candy, fudge, wine, craft beer, and other delights to tempt you. Also has free Wifi, and you can buy a lock here for Lock your Love. Highly recommended!
410 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-7773 - map
Mexican and American faire.
995 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2444 - map
Open Mon-Tue 6am-5pm, Wed-Thur 6am-3pm, Fri 6am-8pm, Sat 6:30am-3pm, Sun 7am-3pm. Burgers, fresh curly fries, and homemade baked goods.
The Oasis at Rye Patch
2210 Rye Patch Reservoir Road – 775-538-7499 - map
Open 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm. Pizzeria & saloon with a tropical touch. Eat in or take out.
260 Main Street – 775-273-3232 - map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm. Pizza and deli.
C-Punch Inn & Casino – Black Rock Grille
1420 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2971 - map
Open daily 6am-9pm.
C-Punch Inn & Casino
1420 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2971 – map
Motel, restaurant, casino, bar, lounge and nightclub.
515 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-7023 – map
One of hospitable and cozy places to stay in town.
55 Cornell Street – 775-273-2900 – map
Recently remodeled and opened, one of the nicer places to stay in town.
The Cadillac Inn
1395 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2798 – map
The Royal Inn
1435 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2500 – map
RV Parks and Campgrounds
Lazy K Campground
1550 Cornell Avenue – 509-554-1520 / 509-420-6042 – map
Full-service campground with RV sites, cabins and tent pads.
Brookwood Motel & Mobile Home RV Park
205 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2300 – map
Sites for RV’s and tent camping. Laundry facility and showers.
Golden State Petro
163 East Main Street – 775-273-7700 – map
Open 24 hours. Also carries water, ice, booze, sodas, some auto supplies, and sandwich shop.
150 Main Street – 775-273-7272 - map
Two Stiffs Selling Gas
1090 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2911 - map
Open 24/7. Ice, beer, glasses.
Lovelock Beacon Shell / Java Joe’s Mustang Corral
415 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2031 - map
Open daily 5am-8pm.
PJ’s Food and Gas
1455 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-1222 - map
Open daily 4:30am-11pm. Also has sandwiches and salads.
Crazy Corners Saloon
1605 Upper Valley Road – 775-273-2405 - map
250 Main Street – 775-273-5553 - map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight.
Jim’s Tire Factory and Auto Service
395 West Broadway – 775-273-2731, 775-273-7217 – map
Also provides 24-hour towing/roadside service.
City Auto Parts & Supply, Inc
340 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2634 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm. Auto parts & supplies store.
105 Upper Valley Road – 775-273-2733 – map
Full House Mini Storage
640 Cornell Street – 775-273-2733 – map
Nevada State Bank
1150 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2657 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.
Wells Fargo Bank
920 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2942 – map
Open Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-6pm.
Pershing General Hospital
855 Sixth Street – 775-273-2621 – map
Explorations in the Area
Tufa rock formations are a sight to behold. These intricately textured shapes of towers, ledges, pillars and archways were geologically formed by algae in nearby prehistoric Lake Lahontan in the same way that blue-algae forms coral reefs. From downtown Lovelock drive north on Central Ave. Turn left on to Pitt Rd. and travel two and a half miles to an unmarked gravel road and then turn right. Drive slightly over a mile until you see the Tufa formations.
Lovelock Indian Cave, aka Bat Cave or Sunset Guano Cave is a limestone cavern, created by the waters of prehistoric Lake Lahontan. Home to indigenous peoples as far back as 2000 B.C., the oldest dated duck decoys in North America (1,250 to 1,980 years ago) were discovered here. It’s 160 feet wide by 40 feet deep. From Main St. in Lovelock go south on Amherst Ave., which turns into S.R. 397. Continue south until 397 dead ends into Derby Rd. Turn left and go east on Derby Rd. Eventually the road will turn right and go south. Shortly thereafter turn right on East Rd. Continue until this road dead ends at the cave.
A great place to stay is Rye Patch State Recreation Area: camping, picnic areas, hiking and water sports. Located 22 miles east of Lovelock off I-80, (775) 538-7321. Also in Rye Patch is the Oasis Saloon and Pizza restaurant. Burner friendly, the Saloon sports a very good selection of beers and a photo gallery on the wall. 2210 Rye Patch reservoir Road, Exit 129, 22 miles east of Lovelock, (775) 538-7499.
Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder Memorial: Feast your eyes on another fine roadside example of radical self-expression replete with statues of naked women and concrete totems. Created by Chief Thunder over a period of twenty years beginning in 1968, it is considered Nevada’s equivalent to the Watts Towers. He meant it as a tribute to Native Americans. Its main feature is a three-story house, composed of concrete, bottles, and assorted treasures retrieved from a nearby junkyard.
Located across the freeway from Imlay, about halfway between Lovelock and Winnemucca. Access is free, donations accepted for a volunteer effort to save the site from crumbling away.
Check out the Ghost town of Unionville, a mining boom town in the 1860′s with upwards of 1500 fortune seekers including reputedly, Mark Twain. Nestled in a region of mesmerizing high desert mountain ranges and remote valleys is a B&B—the Old Pioneer Garden Country Inn. 2805 Unionville Rd, Unionville, NV 89418 (775) 538-7585 or (800) 538-7556. Located on State highway 400, off I-80 about halfway between Lovelock and Winnemucca.
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