Lockwood, Storey County, Nevada, U.S.A.

 Latitude 39°30' N Longitude 119°38' W


Lockwood is an unincorporated town situated in Storey County, Nevada about 10 miles east of Reno. The area was also known as Happy Valley. Population of Lockwood is approximately 3,000.

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Lockwood is probably named after Carl Lockwood who owned a ranch in the area in the 1920s and 1930s.

The following information is taken from “Stories from the Sagebrush” written by Don Cox, published by the Nevada Humanities Committee, 2000.

In the late 1800s the Lagomarsino family, who came from Genoa, Italy, started ranching in the area now known as Lockwood. There are some descendants of the family still living in the nearby city of Reno.

Nearby is Lagomarsino Canyon through which a route to Virginia City was taken by a stagecoach. It was a 16 mile route that took all day to travel. Passengers, driver and horses would spend the night at the Lagomarsino ranch after their travel from Virginia City. Today this is a dirt track which can only be used by four-wheel drive vehicles and horses.

In 1916 the Lagomarsino Ranch was bought by Carl Lockwood  and in 1917 Louis M. Lagomarsino died.

 In 1918 Constantino Peri moved from Dayton and settled on a ranch in the area. The Peri family still have a ranch in the area.

 In 1930 Carl Lockwood bought a LaSalle roadster. The 1930 census shows Carl Lockwood as single and born about 1882 in Indiana. Carl Lockwood sold his property during the Depression.

 In 1985 construction began on Rainbow Bend subdivision south of the Truckee River.

On 1st January 1997, a cluster of mobile homes located between the Truckee River and the Interstate was flooded when the Truckee River burst its banks.

 The community south of the Truckee River is called Rainbow Bend consisting of about 300 homes. The north side of the Truckee River is in Washoe County and between the river and Interstate 80 is located the Lockwood Store and Bar.  Nowadays Lockwood is probably most famous for its large garbage dump which is used by 5 states.

Future – In 1998, Lance Gilman, a Reno developer bought 102,000 acres on the north side of Interstate 80 at the Patrick Exit, about 4 miles east of Lockwood and called it the Tahoe/ Reno Industrial Center.

 Lockwood Regional Landfill Site

(Extracted from a report by By Susan Voyles, Reno Gazette-Journal, Monday October 29th, 2001)


The landfill, with its deep, dry clay canyons, is among the most ideal places on Earth to dump rubbish and has at least 23 to 25 more years of life before it moves into the next canyon, which is even bigger, officials say. The landfill is expected to last for 200 years. The landfill site is owned by Waste Mangement Inc.

The Lockwood landfill is permitted to take garbage from five western states including Nevada, California, Oregon, Utah and Idaho. According to its special-use permit, it needs to give the Storey County Commission only 14 days notice. In Nevada, the landfill takes in municipal waste from Storey, Churchill, Lyon and Douglas counties as well as Washoe and Storey counties.

California customers include Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe, the north end of Lake Tahoe and Truckee, Quincy, Portola, Alturas, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Sonora, Placerville and from the Sacramento hauler.

The landfill receives and covers about 6,000 tons of garbage a day, of which about 2,270 tons a day comes from Nevada and 2,320 tons come from California. Private haulers, builders and demolition companies bring in the rest.

About 200 semi-truck loads of garbage a day end up at the landfill from municipal waste handlers, Green said.

In hauling 2,000 tons a day from Washoe County, Waste Management keeps 10 semi-trucks on the road, making 100 trips a day to the landfill from transfer stations in Reno, Stead and Incline Village. Another 35 to 40 truckloads come from Sacramento and 40 to 50 from around Lake Tahoe and other nearby communities in California, Green said.

For Washoe County residents and tourists, Waste Management hauled 488,931 tons of garbage in 2000. That’s 53.5 percent more than in 1991. That surpasses the area’s 33.3 percent growth in population to 339,486 200 over the decade