State Historic Park
About Mormon Station
Located in the quaint town of Genoa, Mormon Station’s lush lawns and mature trees make it an idyllic location to gather with friends and family. The site of Nevada’s first permanent, non-native settlement, Mormon Station was built in 1851 as a trading post along the Carson Route of the California Trail, providing much needed supplies to weary travelers crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Today, the park is home to a reconstructed version of the original 1851 trading post that burned down in 1910 and a museum with original pioneer era artifacts. Popular annual events include the Candy Dance and Cowboy Festival.
FACILITIES & AMENITIES
Group Pavilion: The park's group pavilion accommodates up to 300 people and is available on a reservation-only basis. The site is perfect for weddings, family reunions, barbecues, retirement parties and more. Electricity, a sink, a large counter, barbecue and eight picnic tables are provided. The pavilion area may be reserved from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and reservations are required. Please call the park to discuss reservations.
Museum: $1.00 entry fee. Children 12 years and younger are free. Donations help the park improve museum exhibits.
Stockade & Wagon Shed: Visit the historic stockade and wagon shed for free.
Picnicking/Day Use: The mature trees, large lawns and concrete walkways invite strollers and picnickers. Picnic tables and grills are provided under large shade trees. Restrooms are also available.
Programs: Information about program scheduling may be obtained from either park staff or kiosks. Upon request, special presentations can be arranged for groups.
Hours: The park is always open. Museum hours vary by season:
- May - September: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily
- October - April: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
- Pets are welcome (except during special events), but they must be kept on a leash of not more than six feet in length.
- Tree climbing is not allowed.
- Please respect wildlife and keep your distance.
- Removing, disturbing or damaging any historic structure, artifact, rock, plant life, fossil or other feature is prohibited. State and federal laws protect this area and its resources.
- Please use trash, recycling receptacles and dog waste bags.
- Visitors are responsible for knowing all park rules and regulations in effect. Detailed rules and regulations are posted at the park or may be obtained from any Park Ranger.
- Those with developmental and/or physical limitations are invited to enjoy all of the recreational activities of Nevada State Parks. If you would like to request additional support or accommodations, please call the Nevada State Parks division office. We continually seek ways to provide recreational opportunities for people of all abilities and welcome any suggestions you may have.
- VIew a list of frequently asked questions.
Genoa is located within the Carson River Basin, at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. This slope constitutes a major watershed area for the ranchers of the Carson Valley. The park is situated within the town limits of Genoa, which has had continuous cultural and agricultural activity for more than a century. Mormon Station exhibits no characteristics of the natural vegetative communities of the region. Many of the existing trees were planted in the 1800s. The surrounding area transitions from the sage brush/ salt brush plant community of the Great Basin Valleys, to the moist, tree covered slops of the Sierra. (READ MORE)
HISTORY OF MORMON STATON STATE HISTORIC PARK – Established in 1957
Mormon Station was built in 1851 as a trading post along the Carson Route of the California Trail. With the discovery of gold in 1848, thousands upon thousands of emigrants starting making their way through present day Nevada along the California Trail. With the last stop for supplies along the California trail being in Salt Lake City, more than 500 miles away, a trading post was desperately needed to supply travelers before they crossed the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A previous “Mormon Station” had been strung together by Abner Blackburn and Hampton Beatie the year before. They constructed, along with five other men, a shelter of just four log walls during the late spring of 1850. This structure did not have a floor or a roof, as it did not rain that summer. During this time, supplies were sold at high prices and Beatie accumulated more than 100 horses from the traveling emigrants. Beatie sold the incomplete trading post and traveled back to Salt Lake City in September of 1850. On the trip back, somewhere on the Humboldt River, Beatie’s party was attacked by Native Americans and all horses and supplies were lost. (READ MORE)
Photos of Mormon Station State Historic Park
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