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Genoa in Douglas County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

We Made It! The End of the Great Basin

Genoa - Mormon Station

 

—California Trail —

 
We Made It! The End of the Great Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 15, 2016
1. We Made It! The End of the Great Basin Marker
Inscription. You’re now standing at the western edge of the Great Basin. If you were an emigrant headed to California, you would have entered the Great Basin 450 miles back along the trail in southern Idaho, or 500 miles back in Salt Lake City if you had taken the Hastings Cutoff.

The mountains in front of this sign, separating you from California and its promise of gold or land, are only 200 yards away. After making it this far, you would have experienced a tremendous feeling of accomplishment – you had reached the last great physical barrier standing between you and your long dreamed-of goal. Yet, looking up at the foothills of the mighty Sierra Nevada, you might also have wondered if you, your animals, and your wagon had enough remaining strength to cross these mountains.

Many emigrant parties rested in at this place, letting their animals eat the lush grass and regain their strength before pushing over the Sierra Nevada. At the little store that has been preserved here, emigrants could purchase or trade for supplies. From here the trail goes south to the headwaters of the Carson River, and then west over the mountains into California.

(caption for lower left picture:) Oxen Cattle used as draft animals. Especially suited for pulling heavy loads, they cost less than mules, were able to live
We Made It! The End of the Great Basin Marker - Marker Inset (caption below) image. Click for full size.
2. We Made It! The End of the Great Basin Marker - Marker Inset (caption below)
“At twelve oclock we arrive at a mormon station…The best of Pine timber is to be seen here….After Seven miles travel this morning, we Enter a Canyon pass through which the Head waters of this river (which we have been Assending) Descends….When I look at the Large Rocks, the Large Pine & Fir Trees, the Steep precipices and lastly the Machy and Swampy places near the Head of the Canyon, I only Consider bare Passable. “
William H. Kilgore, July 30 & 31, 1850.
off trailside grasses, and were less likely to be stolen by native bands.

(caption for lower right picture:) Pack Train A few emigrants used pack mules to carry their belongings along the trail. They had the advantage of speed over the slower-moving wagons, but provided no shelter from the elements.
 
Erected by US Bureau of Land Management, State of Nevada.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 0.231′ N, 119° 50.748′ W. Marker is in Genoa, Nevada, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of Genoa Lane and Main Street, on the right when traveling west on Genoa Lane. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Genoa NV 89411, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. About Your Journey... (here, next to this marker); John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson (a few steps from this marker); Mormon Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Mormon Station - Genoa (within shouting distance of this marker); Nevada’s First Newspaper (within shouting distance of this marker);
We Made It! The End of the Great Basin Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 15, 2016
3. We Made It! The End of the Great Basin Marker - Wide View
The We Made It! marker is on the left, and the About Your Journey marker is on the right. They are located at the intersection of Genoa Lane and Main Street, just outside the fence on the grounds of Mormon Station State Park.
Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); Carson Trail - Original Mormon Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Douglas Lodge #12, F& AM (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Genoa.
 
Also see . . .  Mormon Station (National Park Service California Trail Page). (Submitted on September 25, 2016.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on September 25, 2016.
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