“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)


Mazuma Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Frank Gunshow Sanchez, April 2, 2022
1. Mazuma Marker
Inscription.  Mazuma, Nevada was once a small mining town in Pershing County. The name "Mazuma” is derived from a Yiddish slang word for money. One of four towns settled during the 1907 gold rush in the Seven Troughs Mining District, Mazuma was centrally located and the site of at least two district stamp mills, numerous mines, good hotel accommodations, and a livery stable. The town was supplied with plenty of pure water brought from Wild Horse Canyon, over a distance of 6 miles by a gravity system which cost $25,000. The town boasted a volunteer fire department with two hose carts and 1,000ft of hose to help protect the town. This made Mazuma the general headquarters of the district and the main stopping place for travelers and transient workers.

Mazuma's future was washed away by a devastating flash flood on July 12, 1912. Ominous thunderheads hovered over Granite Peak and the cloudbursts brought a heavy downpour of rain. Heavy rumbling sounds and almost complete darkness blanked the town before a 20-foot-tall by 150-foot-wide wall of water that hit the town, killing at least 12 people in Seven Troughs Canyon and completely destroying
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the town. The wall of H20 washed through the town for over 10 minutes as the townsfolk helplessly watched from a near by hillside.

A second storm, three weeks later, sent another wall of water through the devastated town. Efforts to rebuild were abandoned, and the town of Mazuma ceased to exist.
Erected 2021 by Jesse Lee Reno Chapter 1422 of E. Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 2, 1907.
Location. 40° 10.203′ N, 118° 28.925′ W. Marker is in Lovelock, Nevada, in Pershing County. Marker is on Marzen Lane, on the right when traveling south. 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 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Marzen House (within shouting distance of this marker); Seven Troughs Mining District (within shouting distance of this marker); Pershing County (approx. ¾ mile away); Pershing County Court House (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
Mazuma Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Frank Gunshow Sanchez, April 2, 2022
2. Mazuma Marker
(approx. 2½ miles away); Lone Mountain Chinese Cemetery (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lovelock.
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 172 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 3, 2022, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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May. 31, 2023