Genoa House Inn
180 Nixon Street, PO Box 879, Genoa, Nevada, 89411-0879, United States
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Black Locust Trees
Oldest Thirst Parlor
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Tourist Season Is May Through October
The shops were open, but most everything in town that might interset a tourist is closed down for the good part of the year. Even though there was a small amount of snow on the ground in Genoa in January, it looks a bit like autumn. The Black Locust trees in the Mormon Station State Park hold onto their leaves.
Mailman of the Sierra
The plaque on the memorial to a mailman that kept Genoa in contact with the rest of the world during the off season is near the Mormon Station State Park. The inscription reads...
John A. "Snowshoe" Thompson
(Jon A. Torsteinson-Rue)
Mailman of the Sierra
Born: April 30, 1827, Tinn, Telemark, Norway
Emigrated to America from Norway: May 30, 1837
Carried the Mail: January 1856 - May 1876 (Twice a month during the winter for 20 years.)
Distance: 90 miles between Placerville, CA and Genoa, NV
Buried: Genoa Cemetery. The grave site headstone carving depicts a pair of crossed skies.
Traversing the mighty Sierra Mountain ridges on a pair of homemade "long" skies and using his single pole for balance "Snowshoe" braved 20 to 50 foot snow depths, snowdrifts and blizzards - the mail must reach its destination. "Snowshoe" carried a mail bag weighing 50 to 100 lbs. strapped to his back. He carried crackers and dried beef for food, drank melted snow from his hand, and rested only when necessary during the three day trek from Placerville to Genoa. The mail was Genoa?s only contact with the outside world during the long winter months.
"Showshoe" Thompson - A true hero of the West.
Sculptor: Don Budy
Town of Genoa Historian: Text by BJ Rightmire
Douglas Lodge #12 - Masonic Hall
The sign says...
Douglas Lodge #12, F&AM
Chartered on September 17, 1868 by the newly created grand lodge of Nevada, their first worshipful master was Robert W. Bollen. In early 1873 they purchased this building in a partially finished condition. It was subsequently finished in November of 1873. Dedicated and occupied. On this, their 125th anniversary, they have continuously held their meetings in this ediface.
Dedicated this 17th day of September 1993...
This Antique shop is right next to the Masonic Hall (Douglas Lodge #12). It's so full you have to go outside to switch places in the store. But it seemed to have more to chose from than the Antique show in January.
Oldest Thirst Parlor in Nevada
I went inside the Old Genoa Bar, not because I was thirsty but because I was curious. It's kind of small, lots and lots of old clipping and posters on the walls. There are modern slot machines in there, just a few. It reminded me of Toby Keith's song, "I Love My Bar", because there were all walks of life represented in the building.
The sign on the buidling says:
Old Genoa Bar
In 1863, Al Livingston built this building and called it Livingston's Exchange. In 1884, Frank Fettic bought it and renamed it Fettic's Exchange. He operated it as a "Gentleman's saloon" allowing no rough stuff or excessive drinking. It subsequently had three more owners until 1963 when Robert Carver purchased it. Now known as the "Old Genoa Bar" it is the oldest continually operating thirst parlor in the State of Nevada. "No Horses Allowed." Dedicated September 21, 1974