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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.

Round Courthouse, Lovelock

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.

Rail Depot, Lovelock

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.

Lovelocks, Nevada

Where can you find more lover’s locks?

Lovelocks, Nevada

Lane & Juliet

The writing and photography team behind Southwest Compass, the travel blog for the American Southwest.



O.J. Simpson is incarcerated in a town called Lovelock??? How do we all not know this?

I did not know that the lover’s locks had spread so far. I saw them in Paris and loved the idea.
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They put that little OJ trivia on their tourism pamphlets. I guess any publicity is good publicity. :)

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