Lovelock: The Nevadan Town with a Chinese Connection
This speck on the map (population 2,100) in western Nevada sits along the Humboldt River. Lovelock was formed as a railroad town in 1868, when George Lovelock bought the original eighty-five acres of land. It has been home to a Cold War era gunnery range, and currently boasts the only round courthouse still in use (dating from 1919). Bet you didn’t know… OJ Simpson has been serving time in the area’s correctional institute since 2008.
Otherwise, Lovelock is another dying town in need of a facelift. Many of the ‘downtown’ shops have been closed and boarded up. There’s no nightlife to speak of, and the population is slowly drifting away.
So, why did we stop? Lover’s Locks, the fad that’s sweeping the world. It’s unclear exactly how or why the custom began, just that it came from the Yellow Mountains of China. Hundreds of lovers have secured their love forever, by locking padlocks to chains near the courthouse. In 2006, Lovelock embraced the custom and the string of locks continues to grow.
Where can you find more lover’s locks?
Lane & Juliet
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