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

Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express

 
 
Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 5, 2009
1. Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express Marker
Inscription.
Near this spot stood the
Genoa or “Mormon Station”
of the Pony Express
1860 – 1861

St. Joseph, Missouri
To Sacramento, California.
_________

Dedicated June 9, 1934
By Citizens of Nevada.
Under Leadership Minden Rotary Club

 
Erected 1934 by Citizens of Nevada and the Minden Rotary Club.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 0.218′ N, 119° 50.761′ W. Marker is in Genoa, Nevada, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of Genoa Lane and Jackson Valley Road/Main Street (Nevada Route 206), on the left when traveling west on Genoa Lane. Touch for map. Marker is located in the triangle island bordered by Genoa Lane, Jacks Valley Road/Main Street and Foothill Road. 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. Nevada’s First Newspaper (here, next to this marker); We Made It! The End of the Great Basin (within shouting distance of this marker); John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson
Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 5, 2009
2. Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Douglas Lodge #12, F& AM (within shouting distance of this marker); About Your Journey... (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Genoa Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); Mormon Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Mormon Station - Genoa (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Genoa.
 
Regarding Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express. See Nearby “Genoa” marker for additional information on the Pony Express in Genoa.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the first Eastbound journey of the Pony Express through California to Genoa, Nevada.... To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Additional comments.
1. Pony Express Information displayed on a nearby kiosk at the Mormon Station Historic State Monument:
Civil War:
Slavery issues between the north and south created explosive,
Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 5, 2009
3. Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express Marker
devisive tension through-out the country. The Pony Express originated to deliver timely news from Missouri to Sacramento in a short 10 days during these troubled times.

Pony Riders:
Young skinny riders of 120 lbs across the primitive lands. Very stout, short horses carried the wiry fellows for the entire 10-20 mile ride.

Stations:
An incredible 184 stations, stretching through 8 states, supported the Pony Express. Nevada’s old Lincoln Highway (today’s HWY 50) traces the original route with a total of 30 stations spaced across the state to Mormon Station.

Stock:
The peaceful and scenic picnic area behind you was once like the scene out of a movie. It was the site of a livery stable and blacksmith shop which supported the Pony Express. It was here that the horse stock was kept, maintained and cared for constantly ready for the riders.

The Exchange:
Riders stopped for just two minutes to change horses and riders in Genoa before going east into the Great Basin Desert or west into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The actual Pony Express station was located across the road just south of the current fire station.

Cost:
How much do you think it cost to mail a typical one-ounce letter with the Pony Express?
Answer: $2.00
The going rate was $1.00 for each ½ ounce. Today, that would be at least $75.00 per ounce.

Equipment:
The
Pony Express Trail Logo Mounted on Marker Base image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
4. Pony Express Trail Logo Mounted on Marker Base
rider carried a maximum of 20 pounds of mail in a special leather saddle bag called a mochila. The mail, wrapped in oil silk, was locked in a pocket on the mochila called a cantina.
    — Submitted July 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Nearby Kiosk Displaying Pony Express Information image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
5. Nearby Kiosk Displaying Pony Express Information
Nearby Kiosk Displaying Pony Express Information image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
6. Nearby Kiosk Displaying Pony Express Information
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,456 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on July 10, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5, 6. submitted on July 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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