John A. "Snowshoe" Thompson

John A. "Snowshoe" Thompson (HMDMC)

Location: Gardnerville, NV 89460 Douglas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 0.235', W 119° 50.754'

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(Jon A. Torsteinson - Rue)

— Mailman of the Sierra —

Born: April 30, 1827, Tinn, Telemark, Norway
Emigrated to America from Norway: May 30, 1837
Carried the mail: January 1856 - May 1876 (Twice a month -during the winter for 20 years.)
Distance: 90 miles between Placerville, Ca and Genoa, Nv
Buried: Genoa Cemetery. The gravesite headstone carvingdepicts a pair of crossed skis.
Traversing the mighty Sierra Mountain ridges on a pair of homemadelong skis and using his single pole for balance "Snowshoe" braved 20 to 50 foot snow depths, snowdrifts and blizzards - the mail must reach its destination. "Snowshoe" carried a mail bag weighing 50 to 100 lbs. strapped to his back. He carried crackers and dried beef for food, drank melted snow from his hand, and rested only when necessary during the three day trek from Placerville to Genoa. The mail was Genoa's only contact with the outside world during the long winter months.
"Snowshoe" Thompson - A true hero of the West
Sculptor: Don Budy,
Town of Genoa Historian: Text by BJ Rightmire

[Second Marker:]
This piece of granite is a gift from friends and relatives located in "Snowshoe" Thompson's birthplace of Tinn, Telemark Norway.

The statue sculpted by Don Budy and brick planter designed by Mel Listare sponsored by and dedicated by the Greater Genoa Business Assoc. (GGBA)

We greatly appreciate and thank our donors, especially
The Town of Genoa
The Golf Club at Genoa Lakes
The Nevada Division of State Parks

GGBA "Snowshoe" Thompson Committee
Bill and Lynne Bowersock · Marilyn Prestigiacomo · Mel and Bev Smith · Ted and Darlene Tiffany · Sue Knight · Jim and Carol Sessher · Jan Maas · Loraine Dix · Les Kynett, Ex Officio

Site Construction - The Genoa Company
Brickwork - Cliff Thompson
Dedicated June 23, 2001
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series
Year Placed2001
Placed ByThe "Snowshoe" Thompson Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 9:13pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 253560 N 4321064
Decimal Degrees39.00391667, -119.84590000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 0.235', W 119° 50.754'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 0' 14.10" N, 119° 50' 45.24" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)775
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2292 Jacks Valley Rd, Gardnerville NV 89460, US
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