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Snowshoe Thompson Festival slated

The Carson Valley Historical Society will sponsor the 14th annual Snowshoe Thompson Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23 and 24 at Mormon Station State Park in Genoa, Nev.

On both days a hay wagon will take visitors to the Genoa cemetery where area historian Billie Jean Rightmire will point out the grave of John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson. The hay wagon ride takes about 40 minutes and costs $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

There will be arts and crafts booths, antiques and collectibles and food booths. The Carson Valley Young Chautauquans, area children in grades four through 12, will give living history presentations in the fort along with demonstrations by the Carson Valley Quilt Guild and portrayals of early trapping, blacksmithing and other historical examples of everyday life.



Music and special performances will take place all weekend.

The event honors Thompson, known as the Legendary Mailman of the Sierra, who, from 1856 to 1876, carried 100 pounds of mail and supplies twice a month during the winter from Genoa to Placerville. He never received any of the pay promised by the U.S. Postal Service. He died in 1876 at age 49.




For information call Grace Bower at (775) 265-6097 or Mary Jane Harding at (775) 265-7074.


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