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

John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson

(Jon A. Torsteinson – Rue)

 

—Mailman of the Sierra —

 
John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
1. John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson Marker
Inscription. Born: April 30, 1827, Tinn, Telemark, Norway
Emigrated to America from Norway: May 30, 1837
Carried the mail: January 1856 – May 1876 (Twice a month - during the winter for 20 years.)
Distance: 90 miles between Placerville, Ca and Genoa, Nv
Buried: Genoa Cemetery. The gravesite headstone carving depicts a pair of crossed skis.
Traversing the mighty Sierra Mountain ridges on a pair of homemade long skis and using his single pole for balance ”Snowshoe” braved 20 to 50 foot snow depths, snowdrifts and blizzards – the mail must reach its destination. “Snowshoe” carried a mail bag weighing 50 to 100 lbs. strapped to his back. He carried crackers and dried beef for food, drank melted snow from his hand, and rested only when necessary during the three day trek from Placerville to Genoa. The mail was Genoa’s only contact with the outside world during the long winter months.
“Snowshoe” Thompson – A true hero of the West
Sculptor: Don Budy,
Town of Genoa Historian: Text by BJ Rightmire

[Second Marker:]
This piece of granite is a gift from friends and relatives located in “Snowshoe” Thompson’s birthplace of Tinn, Telemark Norway.

The statue sculpted by Don Budy and brick planter
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By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
2. Second Marker
designed by Mel List are sponsored by and dedicated by the Greater Genoa Business Assoc. (GGBA)

We greatly appreciate and thank our donors, especially
The Town of Genoa
The Golf Club at Genoa Lakes
The Nevada Division of State Parks


GGBA “Snowshoe” Thompson Committee
Bill and Lynne Bowersock • Marilyn Prestigiacomo • Mel and Bev Smith • Ted and Darlene Tiffany • Sue Knight • Jim and Carol Sessher • Jan Maas • Loraine Dix • Les Kynett, Ex Officio

Site Construction – The Genoa Company
Brickwork – Cliff Thompson
Dedicated June 23, 2001

 
Erected 2001 by The "Snowshoe" Thompson Committee.
 
Location. 39° 0.235′ N, 119° 50.754′ 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 right when traveling west on Genoa Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Genoa Lane, Genoa NV 89411, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. We Made It! The End of the Great Basin (a few steps from this marker); About Your Journey... (a few steps from this marker); Mormon Station
John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
3. John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson
(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); 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.
 
Also see . . .
1. Snowshoe Thompson – “Viking of the Sierra”. “When John A. Thompson responded to an ad in the Sacramento Union : "People Lost to the World; Uncle Sam Needs a Mail Carrier", he had no idea he was to become a living legend.” (Submitted on July 10, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Snowshoe Thompson - An Overview. The story of "Snowshoe" Thompson narrated by Mark McLaughlin. (Submitted on July 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
4. John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson
"Snowshoe" Thompson's Skis image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
5. "Snowshoe" Thompson's Skis
Back of Statue image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
6. Back of Statue
John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
7. John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson
John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson Gravesite and Headstone at the Genoa Cemetery image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
8. John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson Gravesite and Headstone at the Genoa Cemetery
Note the crossed skis as mentioned in marker text

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"Snowshoe" Thompson image. Click for full size.
Photo Courtesy of the Western SkiSport Museum
9. "Snowshoe" Thompson
 
 
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 1,429 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 10, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   9. submitted on July 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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