This attractive town has the charm of what in Nevada passes for antiquity: It was founded as a trading post and wagon-supply station in 1851 and contains the state’s oldest saloon, the Genoa Bar, with its collection of electrified gas and kerosene chandeliers.
Two other buildings are worth a detour. The first is the Genoa Courthouse Museum, an elegant two-story brick building dating from 1865 (like the Genoa Bar, it is said to be the oldest building of its kind in Nevada). Washo Native American artifacts and other exhibits are on display, and you can wander through the old courtroom, the original jail cells, a period kitchen, and a blacksmith’s shop.
Across the street is the Mormon Station Historic State Monument, which looks like a Wild West fort but is actually a reconstruction of the 1851 log-cabin trading post and its compound. The original burned in 1910; this replica (which houses a small museum devoted to pioneer life and Nevada history) was built in 1947.
Museum and Mormon Station both open daily May–Oct. Admission charged.
(775) 782-4325 Museum
(775) 782-2590 Mormon Station