Day trip from Reno, Nevada-LovelockNV-Winnemucca and the Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial.

Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Lovelock, Nevada
Lovelock, Nevada
Lovelock, Nevada
Lovelock, Nevada
Lovelock, Nevada
Lovelock, Nevada
Lovelock, Nevada
Lovelock, Nevada
Lovelock, Nevada
Lovelock, Nevada
Lovelock, Nevada courthouse
Lovelock, Nevada courthouse
Lovelock, Nevada
Lovelock, Nevada
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead  Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain  Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain  Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial
Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial

As summer seems to be evading us here in Reno NV my wife and I figured if it wouldn’t come to us we would go to it. Thankfully we didn’t have to go far as my health rules out any big trips for the time being.


We left Reno about noon and headed east on Interstate 80. Within a half hour we had driven out of the cool rain and weather that was making its way over the Sierra Nevada into Reno. Our first stop was Lovelock, Nevada. The sun was shining and it was at least ten degrees warmer in Lovelock. There is a small but beautiful park next to the courthouse with a fitting Chinese tradition for a town named Lovelock.


There are a series of chains in the center of the park on which are attached hundreds of locks. The idea is that if you place a lock here and throw away the key you will unite your love forever. Just outside the park is an old time soda and ice cream shop that conveniently also sells locks and will also lend you their engraver to inscribe whatever your heart desires upon your lock.


Right in front of the courthouse there is a beautiful stone that has the Ten Commandments carved upon it. Although I would guess the locals have no issue with this I can imagine the controversy that a larger city would make of it. God only knows how much taxpayer money would be wasted arguing over such a thing in a large city. Makes me appreciate Americas’ small towns, not that I am making a religious stand here, just seems to me that we waste a lot of money arguing about ridiculous things while ignoring many others. Anyway this concludes our short but enjoyable stop in Lovelock Nevada.


Somewhere before Winnemucca, in Pershing County near Imlay Nevada, we passed a very odd and interesting structure easily visible from I-80 that I decided we would stop and check out providing we had time on our way back west later.


Upon arriving in Winnemucca, Nevada the temperature was in the eighties and it was a beautiful day. We had found our way to summer! Our first stop in Winnemucca was the visitors’ center. I would highly encourage anyone to stop in. There were many historic displays, the attendant was very friendly, and gave us a map of a local walking tour. There are many buildings here in town, built in the late 1800’s that not only have been preserved but are still in use as their originally intended purposes.


The walking tour has twenty-eight places of interest to see, all within walking distance. I’m not going to list them all here but I will mention that the oldest building in town is the Winnemucca Hotel, built in 1863, and is still in use today. Originally it catered to wagon teams and is the oldest hotel in the state of Nevada.


As it was Sunday and the Humboldt Museum was closed this free museum is well worth a visit. I recall a visit there many years ago while touring Nevada on my long since sold Harley. The Basque restaurant is well worth a look even if you don’t go in to dine. The staff is quite friendly and the historic atmosphere is breathtaking.


Backtracking East on Interstate 80 I exited just past the interesting structure I mentioned earlier. A single lane dirt and gravel road brought us to what we learned was the Thunder Head Indian Memorial. This eerie unplanned stop turned out to be the highlight of our day. I’ll let the pictures describe this stop. There is website I found afterwards. www.thundermountainmonument.com


Continuing back towards Reno by the time we reached Fernley, Nevada we had long since left the beautiful summer behind and drove through torrential rain and wind that is quite unusual so late in the season here.

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Having never been to the area, I experience here through you and this hub! I like the photos and that you take us through many neat sites. Voting up and appreciate that you took the time to compose this hub.


Becky 5 years ago

Being a Sparks native, I had to come see. I miss the mountains. I live in TN now and they have rolling hills. They call them mountains but I know what real mountains are. Been to all the places you mentioned. They have a bar in Imlay that a friends mom owns. My friend lives next door and I would go visit he when they would have their street dances. Good fun. And I don't even drink.


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David Warren 5 years ago from Nevada Author

Hi Will! Thank you, greatly appreciated!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

This is a great Hub, and voted that way!


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David Warren 5 years ago from Nevada Author

Hi Dexter! Thank you, fortunately the weather is finally starting to improve here in Reno. At least my tomato and cucumber plants are out of the living room now, back on the deck where they belong,lol.

Hi Carter, probably not many people have heard the name Lovelock or many other smaller Nevada towns for that matter. Most visitors' go west to Tahoe rather than east into the high desert from Reno.

Hi orangecountyjill! Yes it was indeed interesting, thank you for the photo compliment! :)


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orangecountyjill 5 years ago from Orange County, California

This looks like a really interesting and unique trip. Great photos!


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CARTER32071 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing David, great hub I have never heard of Lovelock before. Your pictures paint quite a beautiful picture, making me want get a ticket and go there right now. Thanks again,

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi David! Thanks for sharing your trip to Lovelock, Winnemucca and the Thunderhead Mountain Indian Memorial. I love the locks in the center of the park in Lovelock. Real cool! The Indian monument seemed like an interesting place to visit as well.

Sorry about the weather in Reno!

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