Pershing County

Pershing County is a county in the upper north western section of the Battle Born state of Nevada and the states newest county. Originally, the territory was part of Humboldt County until 1919, when it was formed. The county is named for General John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing who was the Commanding General of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.

General John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing
General John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing

Like many counties in Nevada ( outside of Clark County), Pershing County is sparsely populated. The entire county consists on only 6,700 people. This works out to one person for every square mile within the boundaries of the county. The county seat is Lovelock.

The area is known for its silver mining from the 1860s and 1870s. However, the mining operations were hindered by the remoteness of the location and the cost of transportations at the time. The bulk of the mining operations are located in the Eastern Portion of the area.

The central portion of the region is centered on a central valley cut by Humboldt River. The river sustained the local populations with water and also served the mining and milling operations in the area.

The western portion is dry and harsh and home to the Black Rock Desert. The Black Rock Desert contains a large fry lake bed, or playa which plays host to a counter culture festival known as “Burning Man” each August. Additionally, the Black Rock Desert playa is used by amateur’s rocketry enthusiasts and motorheads who seek world records for speed on the long distances of the flat playa.

Seven Troughs, Nevada, Pershing County
Seven Troughs, Nevada, Pershing County

Pershing County Trail Map

Pershing County Ghost Towns

Chafey, Nevada. 1908. Prior site of Dun Glen, Nevada.

Dun Glen Nevada

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Mazuma, Nevada - 1908

Mazuma Nevada

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Smelting Works. Oreana, Nevada. ca. 1857 by Timothy H. O'Sullivan - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Oreana Nevada

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Upper Rochester, Nevada 1918

Rochester Nevada

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Seven Troughs Nevada 1907

Seven Troughs Nevada

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