National Register of Historic Places in Pershing County
Pershing County was originally part of Humboldt County. Soon after 1900, sentiment grew among Lovelock residents that Humboldt County resources were inequitably focused in the county seat of Winnemucca.
Agitation for transferring the county seat escalated in 1918 following a July 20th fire which destroyed part of the existing Humboldt County Courthouse in Winnemucca. Lovelock residents contended that any new courthouse financed by their tax dollars should be constructed in Lovelock. Lovelock took its case to the Nevada State Legislature in 1919. Amidst considerable lobbying, political maneuvering, and accusations of betrayal, the Legislature approved the creation of a new county on March 18, 1919, with Lovelock as its seat.
The county was named after General "Blackjack" Pershing.
Adapted from the NRHP Nomination Form.