After you drop down from the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe, you have the chance to visit Nevada’s first town, Genoa. There isn’t a lot to Genoa–just a few businesses and homes, centered around the main road through town. But, Genoa’s importance doesn’t come from what it is today, but rather, the fact that it’s been around for quite some time.
Perhaps the most noteworthy structure in town is the Genoa Bar, “Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlor”, in operation since 1863 (at which time it was known as Livingston’s Exchange). It’s still welcoming visitors, 7 days a week.
I didn’t find an antique store in the back. But, there is a nice antique shop next door. It’s so packed that you can barely walk the aisles, and if someone else is in there, you’ll need to let them out, before you can go all the way in. Now, that’s my kind of antique store!
As you head out of town, Rte. 206 is lined with farmland, that’s apparently being quickly overtaken with Carson City subdivisions. I struggled to find a place to take a picture of the farmland, that didn’t have a newly-constructed house in the way.
Note: This trip was first published in 2007.