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John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson

 
 
John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
1. John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson Marker
Inscription.
[Upper Marker:]
As a Tribute
To a great compatriot from Telemark
This plaque was presented
by the Norwegian Olympic Ski Team
Competing at Sqaw Valley
In February 1960

[Lower Marker:]
Dedicated to
John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thom(p)son
Born April 30, 1827, in Tinn (Atra), Telemark, Norway. Died May 15, 1878 near Woodfords, Calif. A man made immortal for his unbelievable treks through the most severe storms of the Sierra to bring the mail to pioneers of Western Nevada. He was never paid for this hazardous service.
Oct. 26, 1963
E Clampus Vitus
Re-dedicated on September 18, 1976 at the
chartering of the Snow-Shoe Thompson
Chapter No. 1827 & the Centennial of his
untimely death. An officially sanctioned
Bi-Centennial event.

 
Erected 1863 by Snowshoe Thompson Chapter 1827 E Clampus Vitus Oct. 26, 1963 and Sept. 18, 1976.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 0.703′ N, 119° 50.696′ W. Marker is in Genoa, Nevada, in Douglas County. Marker can be reached from Jacks Valley Road (Nevada
John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson Gravesite and Markers image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
2. John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson Gravesite and Markers
Route 206). Click for map. Gravesite and Marker are located at the Northwest corner of the Genoa Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2432 Jacks Valley Road, Genoa NV 89411, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. We Salute John “Snowshoe” Thompson / A Tribute From Three Lutheran Churches (here, next to this marker); Judge Daniel Webster Virgin (approx. half a mile away); The Pony Express (approx. half a mile away); John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson (approx. half a mile away); Genoa (approx. half a mile away); Carson Trail - Original Mormon Station (approx. half a mile away); Mormon Station (approx. half a mile away); Mormon Station - Genoa (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Genoa.
 
Regarding John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson. It is noted that the spelling is found as “Thompson”, “Thom(p)son” and “Thomson” on plaques and monuments located throughout the area. The spelling on the headstone at his gravesite it “Thomson”.
 
Also see . . .
1. Snowshoe Thompson – “Viking of the Sierra”. (Submitted on July 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Snowshoe Thompson: Legendary Skiing Mailman
John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson Family Plot image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
3. John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson Family Plot
. "Out of all the skiers who have carved the slopes around Lake Tahoe, the most famous is undoubtedly John "Snowshoe" Thompson, the legendary skiing mailman of the Sierra Nevada. When it came to traveling in the wintry mountains, he was the precursor of the pack train, the stagecoach and the locomotive. It required years before any other form of transportation succeeded him.” (Submitted on July 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. Snowshoe Thompson. A musical tribute sung by Johnnie Horton telling the story of “Snowshoe” Johnson (Submitted on July 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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Gravesite of Arthure Thomson image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
4. Gravesite of Arthure Thomson
In Memory of
Arthure
Son & Only Child of
John & Agnes Thomson
Who died June 22,
1878
Aged 11 Years 4 Mos
11 Days
Not dead but sleeping
Grave Site of Angus Scossa image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 5, 2009
5. Grave Site of Angus Scossa
Wife of John "Snow-Shoe" Thomson
View of Genoa Cemetery and the Carson Valley From Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
6. View of Genoa Cemetery and the Carson Valley From Gravesite
John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson Exhibit at the Genoa Courthouse Museum image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
7. John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson Exhibit at the Genoa Courthouse Museum
John A. Thompson
They Called Him
"Snowshoe"
Somewhere in the memory of God is the true story of Snowshoe Thompson, of what he did, why he did it, and how he died. To the miners of the "49er" days it was quite remarkable that he died at all.
He is an indomitable and shining legend of California's gold rush days.

There are many stories told about Snowshoe, all basically true, since they have a common pattern. As one writer put it. "His name is mispelled on his tombstone, and even the little that is known of him is rusted with old rememberances."
 
 
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