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Van Sickel Station Hotel on Foothill Boulevard about a mile north from the junction with Kingsbury Grade was built in 1857 on the Emigrant Trail and contained a bar, a huge kitchen and a store. Henry Van Sickle, who had helped to finance the construction of the new road, was toll-master of Kingsbury Grade. The Pony Express riders stopped here to change horses.

Van Sickle's farm

Set against the dramatic High Sierras, one of Nevada's most historic settings

Snuggled against the Sierra foothills amidst towering pine trees and spreading sage, Genoa overlooks the lush Carson Valley bordered by the Pine Nut Mountains to the East with Carson City to the north and California southward .
One of the most significant and picturesque settings in the historic town of Genoa is the Van Sickle Station Ranch, a beautiful and serene 613-acre property where Polled Hereford cattle graze under a blanket of blue skies. This 19th Century homestead was once frequented by the famed Pony Express riders as well as gun-slinging desperados, dance-hall girls and the infamous Sam Brown. It was in 1857 that Henry Van Sickle built the two-story Van Sickle Station Hotel, and it was there that the fast riding Pony Express men would change their mounts, while fast talking gun slingers would fill the hotel bar. Although a tough frontiersman, Van Sickle was one of the town's most prominent citizens and in 1861, he gained state-wide fame for gunning down the outlaw Sam Brown. In 1909, the historic hotel was torn down.

Today, much of the history surrounding this property has been preserved in the current residence which was re-constructed in 1944 from the still standing stone store, warehouse, bar and blacksmith buildings of the original station, using the original hand-hewn beams and stone from the old quarry. Preserved as well is the lush, yet rustic, natural surrounding land where wildlife abounds. The historic 11-room stone ranch house nestled amidst cottonwoods, Chinese elms, locust and lilac trees is framed by the rugged Sierra Nevada Foothills and looks out to the verdant Carson Valley and picturesque Pine Nut Mountains beyond. The residence with five family bedrooms, spacious living room, dining room, cozy family room and large modern kitchen with adjoining breakfast room provides a perfect setting for family gatherings and entertaining. A separate 5-room Guest House/Manager's House was originally built in the 1850s as well and re-built in 1944, and has captured all the charm, beauty and history of a century past. The original 5,500 square foot barn, built in the 1850s, a hay barn and 8 corrals complete this extraordinary property.

Of the approximately 613 acres, the Van Sickle Station Ranch is comprised of 470 fenced acres in irrigated pastureland, with the remaining 143 acres lying at the base of the spectacular Sierra Nevada foothills. The land currently supports 350 head of cattle year-round and could easily support between 150-200 horses as well. Ideal as a working ranch, the property would also be well suited for condominium development, country club, spa or resort.

Enjoying a mild, pleasant climate year-round, Genoa offers its residents an ideal lifestyle. Located just 40 miles from Reno International Airport, 15 miles from Nevada's capital, Carson City, and 25 miles from renowned Lake Tahoe, Genoa enjoys a myriad of nearby activities. A short drive from this picturesque sleepy town will lead one to the excitement and sparkle of sophisticated night clubs, casinos and the four-season resort of fabled Lake Tahoe.

Source: From a sales brochure provided by Jeff Collins when his wife's family sold the farm in the mid 1980's.

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