|Genoa seen from trail to Genoa Waterfall|
The original Mormon fort was wiped out by a fire (started to fumigate a bedbug-infested mattress) in 1910 and Genoa lost its seat of Douglas County to nearby Minden in 1916 . Nevertheless, the present replica of the trading post attracts daily sightseers and the humble settlement turned into one of the most attractive little villages in the American West, surrounded by an expansive system of scenic trails (including the Genoa Waterfall Trail, Sierra Canyon Trail and Discovery Trail) as well as golf courses and cattle ranches such as the River Fork Ranch, now owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy to benefit people and nature.
Keywords: history, geography, American West, place name.
 Town of Genoa: Town springs up from '49er trading post [www.genoanevada.org/history.htm].
 Margo Bartlett Pesek: Genoa, Nevada's oldest town, offers scenery, lots of history. Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 12, 2009. [www.reviewjournal.com/trip-week/genoa-nevadas-oldest-town-offers-scenery-lots-history].
 Billie J. Rightmire: History of Genoa [www.genoanevada.org/genoafounded.htm].
 David W. Toll: The Complete Nevada Traveler. The Affectionate and Intimately Detailed Guidebook to the most Interesting State in America. Gold Hill Publishing Company, Inc., Virginia City, Nevada, 2002; page 90.