As we left the city limits of Carson City, we drove highway 207 which skirts the base of the Carson Range. We found rather expensive gated communities interspersed with cattle ranches. With the Carson River running through the area and the spring snow melt, a stretch of lush green bordered the brown desert beyond.
We parked the truck and got out to walk around in the tiny community of Genoa. Genoa claims to be Nevada’s first settlement. There seems to be some controversy over which came first--Genoa or Dayton. There are two main attractions in Genoa. First, is the Mormon Station State Park. In 1850 a couple of Mormon guys came from Salt Lake City to set up a trading post in Genoa which was a stopping point for those seeking gold in California. The community grew from that humble beginning. Today, Genoa has about 300 residents and a few small businesses. Most of the “town” consists of the park which is a very well maintained green space about two blocks long and a block wide with picnic tables, restrooms, and a small “museum” of wagons, farm tools, and other relics from the mid-1800s.
|The old courthouse is now a museum|
|The museum at the state park|
|A great "watering hole"|