We had quite a day of exploring today, we visited the town of Genoa, Nevada. The community was the home to Nevada's first hotel, newspaper, and court. Nevada's first newspaper, the Territorial Enterprise, was founded in Genoa in 1858 but moved to Virginia City in 1860. Another first for the state, the Genoa Bar, billed "Nevada's oldest thirst parlor", was patronized by Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt, and Johnny Cash and was used in John Wayne and Clint Eastwood films. Scenes from the 1973 movie Charley Varrick were filmed in Genoa, and the village was the setting for the 1990 movie Misery, starring Kathy Bates when the village doubled in size with buildings added and then removed after the filming.
The oldest bar was amazing. The Diamond Dust Mirror on the back of the bar came from Glasgow, Scotland, in the late 1840's. It was shipped around the "horn" to San Francisco, then brought here by covered wagon. Originally, there were two mirrors, but one was sold to a movie company in the 1930's during the great depression. If you shine a flashlight in the mirror, you can see the diamond dust! The mirror has only been out of the saloon three times in its history, the last time in 1910 when it was saved from the great Genoa Fire which destroyed most of the town.
Many famous people have visited over the years. Among them, Mark Twain when he first reported for the Territorial Enterprise which opened in Genoa before moving to Virginia City. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt enjoyed “cool ones”, Carol Lombard and Clark Gable came here to play high stakes poker games with the local cattle barons. Among the other famous and infamous, Lauren Bacall, Richard Boone, Ronnie Howard, Red Skelton, Cliff Robertson and all of our Nevada Governors have come through my doors.
A number of movies have been filmed here including "The Shootist" with John Wayne, "Charley Varrick" with Walter Matthau and Joe Don Baker, "Honky Tonk Man" with Clint Eastwood, "Misery" with James Cann, Kathy Bates, Rob Reiner and Richard Farnsworth, and most recently, (last summer) "Till the River Runs Dry" starring Ann-Margaret.
Musicians seem to gravitate to Genoa, they have welcomed Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Slim Pickens, John Denver, and the Captain and Tennille to name just a few.
The whole town is full of fun places to visit. We will be making several return visits just to shop in some of the awesome antique stores. My pictures inside the bar did not turn out great, I am adding the best ones and hope you enjoy. Check back later for more of our explorations in Nevada.