Museums, Historic Sites & Points of Interest
The Carson Valley is rich in western history and lore. Visitors can spend days visiting historic sites and museums, steeping themselves in the lives of the early settlers. There they will discover detailed information on Kit Carson and Snowshoe Thomson, the Pony Express, the Emigrant Trail, and more. The town of Genoa, originally named Mormon Station, is the oldest permanent non-native settlement in Nevada. It boasts many historic buildings, a wonderful museum, and a park featuring a stockade. In Gardnerville, the Museum and Cultural Center is a marvelous place to spend an afternoon, learning many aspects of early life in the Carson Valley. Visitors can also experience the ranch life of the old west at the Dangberg Ranch Historic Park.