Nevada Sites Added to National Historic Registry

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A railroad depot in Lovelock and a church in Wadsworth are the latest Nevada additions to the National Register of Historic Places.

Ron James, Nevada's historic preservation officer, said the Central Pacific Railroad Depot in Lovelock is recognized as the one of only a few remaining 19th century structures associated with the transcontinental railroad.

The depot was the center of community life in Lovelock, a small town 90 miles east of Reno, from when it was constructed in 1987 until the 1950s.

"It served as the gateway to the community, a conduit for virtually all persons and goods entering and leaving Lovelock," said Michael "Bert" Bedeau, administrator of the Comstock Historic District who nominated the depot for inclusion in the national register.

The Wadsworth Union Church was built in 1888 on land donated to the town by the Pacific Improvement Company, a landholding interest of the Central Pacific Railroad.

At that time, Wadsworth, 20 miles east of Reno, was the railroad's hub for its Truckee division.

In the early 1900s, Southern Pacific Railroad bought the Central Pacific and moved the division to Sparks.

"Houses, landscaping, livestock, even dogs, cats and buildings such as the railroad depot were transported to Sparks," said historian Bernadette Francke.

"However, the Wadsworth Union Church was left behind and today stands as a rare and well-preserved reminder of the railroad's influence in the community."