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Mormon Station State Historic Park
Historic American Buildings Survey, Nevada Department of Highways Photo, Burnt 1910 - First Log Cabin, Genoa, Douglas County, NV HABS NEV,3-GENO,2-1.tif
The original Mormon Station trading post, prior to burning down in June 1910
Location Genoa, Nevada, United States
Area 3.54 acres (1.43 ha)
Elevation 4,783 ft (1,458 m)
Designation Nevada state park
Established 1957
Administrator Nevada Division of State Parks
Website Mormon Station State Historic Park

Mormon Station State Historic Park is a state park in downtown Genoa, Nevada, interpreting the site of the first permanent nonnative settlement in Nevada. Mormon Station was originally settled by Mormon pioneers and served as a respite for travelers on the Carson Route of the California Trail. The park features a replica of the 1851 trading post stockade (the original was destroyed by fire in 1910). The replica trading post houses artifacts and exhibits about the station's history.

Preservation

Mormon Station in 1958
Reconstructed Mormon Station, 1958

In June 1910, a large fire swept through Genoa, destroying a number of structures, including what remained of the Mormon Station trading post. Reconstruction of the trading post structures began in 1947 with $5,000 provided by the Nevada Legislature. Legislation in 1955 authorized the transfer of management of the property to the Division of State Parks, which took place in 1957. The site is memorialized with a tablet erected by the Sons of Utah Pioneers in 1991 and Nevada Historical Marker 12.

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