Pershing County was formed from Humboldt County in 1919, shortly after World War and Lovelock was named the county seat. Pershing County is named after General John J. Pershing, a World War I hero, and the town is named for George Lovelock, an early homesteader and storekeeper. Lovelock, Nevada is located 90 miles east of Reno in Pershing County. Lovelock lies in a meadow valley with the Humboldt Range to the east and the Trinity and Seven Troughs ranges to the north and west. It was favored as a resting place before continuing on to California and Oregon.