Magazine article Sunset

Getting to Know Genoa

Magazine article Sunset

Getting to Know Genoa

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mountain travel guide

History and hot springs in Nevada, south of Reno

The history of Genoa, Nevada, might make you think one of the state's oldest towns missed out on success. Soon after its 1851 start as a trading post for gold-- hungry emigrants, it became the county seat and territorial capital. Eventually, those honors were snared by other cities, however, and the little town with big dreams faded into obscurity.

But a visit will make you glad progress passed it by. Just southwest of Carson City, Genoa (pronounced juh-NO-a) looks out on wide Great Basin valleys to the east. In spring, the green of cottonwoods and pastures makes a vibrant backdrop for the bloom of Genoa's neighborhood gardens.

This small, walkable town also blooms with more than 50 buildings dating to the 1800s. Take off down Main Street and stop in at the original courthouse, now a museum (775/782-2555); its courtroom and jail give you a glimpse of early Genoan justice.

Nearby, Mormon Station State Historic Park (782-2590) is a replica of the original settlement, which burned in 1910. …

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