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GENOA (pronounced Juh-NO-uh) is the oldest permanent settlement within the present state of Genoa NevadaNevada, and one of the most attractive villages anywhere in the American West. Established as a trading post in 1851 to serve the wagon trains as a resting place between the open desert and the granite barricade of the Sierra Nevada, Mormon Station (as it was called then) became a small farming center.

 

Courthouse Museum, Genoa NevadaSmall as it is, Genoa provides a very pleasant afternoon and as deep into the evening as you're prepared to go. The Country Store on the corner is a good place to have a mid-stroll snack, and your wanderings should take you across the street north to Mormon Station State Park, and then across the street west to the old brick Genoa Courthouse Museum, where murderers, stagecoach drivers and Pony Express riders share exhibit space with butter churns, plow harnesses and the other less spectacular aspects of pioneer life.

 

The Genoa Bar, oldest in the state, is now serving whiskey in its third century. A few years ago its claim to antiquity was challenged by Genoa Bar, Genoa Nevadathe Delta Saloon in Virginia City, but the Delta had moved once
since it opened its doors on C Street in 1860, and so the Genoa Bar is secure in its championship. The tree at the center of town was used to hang an offender in the early days. Walk north some more and then west again to the cemetery to spend a pleasant half hour wandering the monuments and enjoying the heavenly view: snow-capped mountains floating in the bright blue sky above, and at your feet the evidence of mortality.

 

The wonderful David Walley's Hot Springs Resort is a few minutes south, near the foot of Kingsbury Grade. David Walley's Hot Springs Resort, Carson Valley NevadaYou can swim and soak in the natural hot spring fed pools the way the Indians did before their world crumbled, and the way the Comstock wealthy did afterward. There are overnight accommodations and luxurious amenities. The Pink House has been reborn as a charcuterie and if you've had the foresight to book ahead, you can proceed to your room at one of the comfortable bed & breakfasts4

 

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Genoa Candy Dance

The Genoa "Candy Dance" originated in 1919 as an effort to raise money to purchase street lights for the small, but enterprising community of Genoa, Nevada's first settlement. The original mission of the Genoa Candy Dance was to bring light to the town streets. Each Candy Dance after the first one in 1919 helped pay […]

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Genoa, Nevada, 2289 Main Street
Genoa, NV 89411 United States
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Alpine Aspen Festival

Come experience our crisp mountain air and blazing autumn colors. And all year long, enjoy our gift to you, fresh, clean water! Enjoy spectacular fall colors in scenic Alpine County October 7 & 8, 2017 at the 4th annual Alpine Aspen Festival hosted by the Alpine Watershed Group and Friends of Hope Valley. This event will […]

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Hope Valley, Alpine State Highway
Hope Valley, California 96120
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The Historic Genoa Bar & Saloon

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The Genoa Bar & Saloon, “Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlor” is the Oldest Saloon within the oldest permanent settlement within the present state of Nevada. Genoa was first established as a trading post in 1851. Out of sheer necessity a saloon came quickly thereafter. The year was 1853 and establishment was named “Livingston’s Exchange”. Since that […]

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