Nevada Historic Markers in Douglas County

Nevada Historical Marker 120
Walley's Hot Springs
SR 206 (Foothill Road)
Two Miles 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 a 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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