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

Originally – The Raycraft Dance Hall

 
 
Originally – The Raycraft Dance Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 15, 2016
1. Originally – The Raycraft Dance Hall Marker
Inscription.  
Built: Spring of 1886 Foundation: Rock
Building Size: 80 x 33 Feet – 16 Foot Ceiling
Flooring: Best Quality Wood Available
Constructed: By the Sons of Joseph Raycraft

Joseph, acting as a wagon master for 300 souls, headed west with his family from Missouri in 1863. The Raycraft Family located in Genoa, Nevada Territory, that same year. The family opened a hotel business. A livery stable and freight business were added later. In 1886 the family began construction of the Raycraft Hall located opposite their Hotel. A dedication ball was held June 4th, 1886. A first class orchestra was engaged and the ticket price of $3.00 included and excellent supper at the Raycraft Exchange (Hotel).

On April 5, 1941, a deed was recorded from Annie Raycraft to the unincorporated town of Genoa for the hall and property. The building has since been referred to as the “Genoa Town Hall”. The hall, maintained by the town, is used for community activities such as the annual “Candy Dance”, political and civic debates, election polls, theater groups, funerals, receptions, etc.
 
Erected
Genoa Town Hall with <i>Originally – The Raycraft Dance Hall</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 15, 2016
2. Genoa Town Hall with Originally – The Raycraft Dance Hall Marker
The marker is visible here to the left of the entrance, with the plaque to the right of the entrance being a dedication plaque.
2002 by Great Grandsons of the Raycraft Family, Thomas and Richard Raycraft.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkEntertainmentSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 0.17′ N, 119° 50.763′ W. Marker is in Genoa, Nevada, in Douglas County. Marker is on Main Street south of Genoa Lane, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Genoa NV 89411, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Genoa Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); Douglas Lodge #12, F& AM (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pink House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nevada’s First Newspaper (about 300 feet away); Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express (about 300 feet away); Douglas Seminary (about 400 feet away); We Made It! The End of the Great Basin (about 400 feet away); John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Genoa.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 23, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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Nov. 24, 2020