Churchill County
  39.5634, -119.04794

"I'll admit. Hazen isn't much to look at, and there isn't a whole here to warrant a stop. That doesn't mean Hazen isn't any less interesting. In a dusty, raggedy, semi-ghost town like this one amidst some very bone-dry, bleak, and intimidating surroundings ... it's easy to see how this would've made an an ideal rest stop for the weary traveler." -- Journal Entry, August 2007

Along US 50 Alt at Hazen, 10 miles east of Fernley

Original Date Visited: 8/1/07

Signed: Both lanes of US 50 Alt.

  • Marker 178 lies in between here and there
  • Marker 178 plaque

Exact Description:
Hazen was named for William Babcock Hazen, who served under General Sherman in his "march to the sea." The town, established in 1903 to house laborers working on the Newlands Irrigation Project south of here, included hotels, saloons, brothels, churches and schools.

In 1905 the first train came through on the new routing to Tonopah. In 1906 the Southern Pacific Railroad built a large roundhouse here as well as a fine depot.

In 1908 Hazen was nearly destroyed by fire.

As a tough town, it had no peer in the state. Nevada's last lynching occurred in Hazen when "Red" Wood was taken from the wooden jail and hanged on February 28, 1905.

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