Nevada Historical Marker #120
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This marker is located at 2001 Foothill Road, Genoa, Douglas County, Nevada. There are 17 other historical markers in Douglas County. The GPS coordinates for this location are 38° 58' 50.6" N 119° 50' 00.6" W.
Like many Nevada hot springs, these dot a fault break along which the mountains rise.
In 1862, along this Carson branch of the Emigrant Trail, David and Harriet Walley developed a $100,000 spa with 11 baths, a ballroom, and gardens. The thermal waters 1136 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit became well known as a cure of "Rheumatism and Scrofulous affections.
It sold for a mere $5,000 in 1896, but functioned as a hotel until 1935 when it burned. Its cool cellar you see is still in use.
In 1962, trial hydro-thermal power holes were drilled here as deep as 1,250': maximum temperature 181 degrees Fahrenheit.