Definition: The small town of Genoa, originally called Mormon Station, was founded in 1851 and is the oldest settlement in Nevada. It was established by Colonel John Reese, member of a group of Mormons from Salt Lake City. The name Genoa was applied by Elder Orson Hyde, supposedly because the location reminded him of the Genoa Harbor in Italy (birthplace of Columbus). Genoa today is a thriving little community that includes Mormon Station State Historic Park. The town is south of Carson City and right against the east side of the Sierra Nevada.
Pronunciation: Gen-o-a ("o" as in no, emphasis on the o)
Also Known As: Mormon Station
Genoa is the oldest settlement in Nevada.