Genoa, Nevada was the first settlement in the Nevada territory in 1850. It is situated in the Carson Valley and is about 60 miles south of Reno, Nevada. It was first settled by Mormons from Utah, creating a fort on the old trail between Los Angeles and Utah. The original Mormon settlers sold their fort in 1854 to a rancher. The town boasts Nevada's first hotel, newspaper and court. Much of Genoa, including the original fort, station and hotel was destroyed in a fire in 1910, but replica of the fort was built in 1947. Every year since 1919 Genoa has held a festival called The Candy Dance, where candy, food and crafts are sold to support its town government. The Candy Dance is usually held during the final weekend of September. South of Genoa is Walley's Hot Springs, a famous spa and resort first built in 1863. In the Genoa graveyard many pioneers rest, including Snowshoe Thompson, his wife and his son.
Genoa is not pronounced GEN-oa, like the city of Genoa, Italy. It is pronounced with accent on the final syllable, gen-OA.
Web Sites and Links
Canyon Creek RealtyLots and homes for sale in the Carson Valley, near Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Lake Tahoe. Photos and descriptions.
The Golf Club at Genoa LakesCountry club and residential golf community. Golf course designed by Peter Jacobson. Convenient to Carson and Reno, minutes from Lake Tahoe.