Northern Nevada Road Signs
This is a response to Peter Abilla's post describing a trip though northern Nevada to Tahoe. Peter stayed the night in Battle Mountain but apparently doesn't know an interesting bit of its history. Back in 2001 the Washington Post declared Battle Mountain the armpit of America.
I'm sure they weren't happy about it, but eventually they must have accepted it because for a couple of years driving west to Battle Mountain there was a billboard that said:
Voted the armpit of America
by the Washington Post
"We didn't know you were looking!"
Don't believe me? Google has evidence that others have seen it too.
As for Lovelock, my mother has lived there for about six years now. Sadly, I can't provide much insight into the meaning of “Welcome to Lovelock. In Lovelock, we lock your love.”
I can only observe that small town will do strange things in the hopes of attracking tourism. After all, I lived seven years in a North Dakota town that thought a giant cement buffalo was a tourist attraction. (Yes, it is anatomically correct. Yes, brilliant pranksters occasionally think it the height of hilarity to make it look like the bowel system is also functional.)