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    Published by N.E. Johnson, [N.p., but Nevada], 1913

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    Panoramic photograph, 8 x 40 inches. Minor wear, light creasing, later ownership ink inscription on verso. Very good. An early 20th-century panoramic photograph of the as-yet-unincorporated town of Lovelock, Nevada taken in August 1913. The image shows the sweep of the downtown area, with various businesses easily identifiable by their signs. These include "The Anchorage," Zunini and Faretto General Hardware, the Central Saloon, "The Ranch," German Beer Hall, the Northern Cafe, Bank Bar (serving Fredericksburg Beer), "The Grand," Owl Bar, Big Meadows Hotel (owned by town founder George Lovelock), a Levi Strauss store, and the Lovelock Mercantile Company. Train tracks and two train cars are at foreground left, which at the time was called Railway Street (now called West Broadway). A church steeple and numerous residences fill in the background, while the distant background shows the low-level mountains of the Tobin Range. Lovelock is located in west-central Nevada, in the vicinity of the old Humboldt Trail to California, and is now serviced by Interstate 80. The town first formed when the Central Pacific Railroad built lines through the area in 1868. George Lovelock provided eighty- five acres for the railroad and built the depot that would also bear his name, along with the town that grew up around it. Lovelock was incorporated in 1917 and became the seat of Pershing County in 1919. Over the course of its history, Lovelock was a center for mining and agriculture, as well as a site known for gambling and prostitution, though all of the town's brothels are now closed. The population in the 2010 census was 2,236, and it remains a hub for the distribution of agricultural products from the surrounding region. The photographer, Ned E. Johnson, produced photographs for towns all across Nevada, including Rhyolite, Rochester, Indian Springs, Las Vegas, Goldfield, Weepah, and Black Canyon. He also published at least two well-known souvenir photographic books of Nevada towns, namely Rawhide and Tonopah. No copies of this photograph appear in OCLC, though OCLC does report single copies of six other Ned E. Johnson panoramas of Nevada or Arizona locations, all at Yale.