Genoa in Douglas County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
We Made It! The End of the Great Basin
Genoa - Mormon Station
— California Trail —
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
(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 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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Trail series list.
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. 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. 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 - GenoaNevada’s First Newspaper (within shouting distance of this marker); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Genoa.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 253 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.