Lovelock Cave

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Lovelock Cave
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The 20-mile byway begins at the Marzen House Museum in Lovelock. The museum holds fascinating artifacts from Lovelock Cave and Lovelock’s past. Pick up a self-guided tour book and children’s activity book at the information kiosk. Follow the byway signs through town to Lovelock's round courthouse, the Central Pacific Railroad station and Lovelock's historic Chinatown. Continue south through irrigated fields frequented by wild birds. Cross the Humboldt River. The road changes to dirt and the landscape becomes more primitive. The byway passes through the lakebed of ancient Lake Lahontan, paralleling traces of the California Trail on the way to Lovelock Cave, the cradle of Great Basin archaeology. Lovelock Cave yielded thousands of artifacts, including the world’s oldest duck decoys. At the cave there are interpretive signs, a self-guided nature trail hike, bathrooms and picnic facilities.

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