Hazen We Visited: {We_Visited}
39 33' 55"N, 119 02' 43"W - HAZEN quad

Directions: Take U.S. 50 west for 10 miles; proceed west on U.S. 50 Alternate for 7 miles.

From Fallon: 17 miles

What Was

United States Army General William Hazen generously donated his name to the town of Hazen, Nevada. During his military career he commanded U.S. Army units at Civil War battles like Shiloh, Corinth, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga. He also led a division for General Sherman when they went to visit Georgia. Just thought you'd like to know that.

As far as I know, he never visited Nevada, and he was certainly quite dead by the time Hazen was established in 1903, and was used to house laborers as the Newlands Project began gearing up. In 1905 a new train route began, and by the next year the Southern Pacific had constructed a roundhouse and depot.

It was also during that year that William ''Red'' Wood found himself being hung from a telephone pole by an angry mob, reportedly Nevad's last lynching. Well, last illegal lynching, anyway.

In 1906 the railroad was extended to Fallon. Oddly enough, improvements on the Lincoln Highway made trucking frieght fairly economical, and by the 1920's the line became unprofitable. I'm told Southern Pacific wanted to close it down, but an oddity in the law prevents them from doing so, and they still run a weekly service into Fallon.


Post Office: April 25, 1904 - 1977
Newspaper: None

What is

A few people apparently still live in Hazen- we did a drive-by photo-shoot but didn't have a chance to actually talk to anyone. I imagine some day we will, as it seems like an interesting place.


The Palace Hotel - built 1906
The inside of the Palace Hotel
A train pulls into (or is it leaving?) Hazen
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