“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lovelock in Pershing County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Marzen House

The Marzen House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Frank Gunshow Sanchez, April 2022
1. The Marzen House Marker
Inscription.  Col. Joseph Marzen was born in Germany in 1928 and immigrated to New York City in 1846. He quickly learned he was born to be a butcher and honed his craft there until he went west to Sacramento, CA in 1851. Not one to settle down yet, he moved on to Virginia City, NV in 1863. He made a fateful cattle run in 1873 through the beautiful Lovelock Valley and knew he found his destiny. He returned in late 1874 to purchase land and to start planning his ranch house.

Governor Jewett Adams granted him the rank of Colonel in the Nevada State National Guard after serving for three previous Governors. He would also be appointed as a member of the first State Board of Agriculture, due to his vast involvement in all aspects of ranching and irrigation in the fertile Lovelock Valley. He would pass on in 1916, but his legacy would continue through many generations of grand children, who would live in this area.

The house you are admiring was built in 1875 on what was the Big Meadows Ranch. It is an Italianete style house inspired by the architecture from the 16” century Italian Renaissance. This was the grandest ranch house in the
The Marzen House image. Click for full size.
April 3, 2022
2. The Marzen House
Marker can be seen mounted on a rock in front of the museum building to the right.
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valley and a true testament to the richness of the area. The ranch would grow to over 3400 acres, and would be well known though out the western states. While boasting fertile alfalfa and grain fields and 300 dairy cows, the true gem was the award winning cattle and horse breeds. This house was purchased in 1980 and donated to Pershing County. It was then moved to the western edge of where the ranch was and stands here today for your enjoyment.
Erected 2021 by Jesse Lee Reno Chapter of E. Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 9, 2021.
Location. 40° 10.224′ N, 118° 28.934′ W. Marker is in Lovelock, Nevada, in Pershing County. Marker is on Marzen Lane, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in front of the building to the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 Marzen Lane, Lovelock NV 89419, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mazuma (within shouting distance of this marker); Seven Troughs Mining District (within shouting distance of this marker); Pershing County (approx. Ύ mile away); Pershing County Court House
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(approx. 0.8 miles away); Dedicated to the Memory of Karl O. Olfers (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Ice House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Crazy Corners Saloon (approx. 2.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 3, 2022, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 3, 2022, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California.   2. submitted on April 3, 2022. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 28, 2023