Mormon Station State Historic Park, located along the California Emigrant Trail in Genoa, is the site of Nevada's first permanent non-Indian settlement, established in 1851. A small log cabin museum, built in 1947, houses artifacts and displays of information from Nevada's early days. The site was once a trading post providing supplies to weary emigrants heading to California in search of gold.
Today, the park includes a museum, a stockade area with several wagons, meandering pathways, individual picnic sites, and a group use pavilion. The park offers clean restroom facilities, eight individual picnic sites with barbecues, as well as a group use area (available for a fee by reservation only).
There is also a memorial statue of Snowshoe Thompson, the famous Norwegian adventurer who delivered mail across the Sierra Nevada from Genoa, Nevada to Placerville, California for no pay. He used his skis to trek across the snowy mountains.