Historical Marker 120

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Historical Marker 120, in the Carson Valley

This is Nevada State Historical Marker #120, one of 266 markers scattered around the state.

This marker is located in the Carson Valley, along State Route 206 (Foothill Road), on the grounds of David Walley's Resort south of Genoa.


Walley's Hot Springs

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 (136 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit) became well known as a cure of "rheumatism and scrofulous affections." (sic)

It sold for a mere $5000 in 1896 but functioned as hotel until 1935 when it burned. Its former cool cellar you see is still in use.

In 1962, trial hydro-thermal power holes were drilled here as deep as 1,250 feet; maximum temperature is 181 degrees.

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