1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort and Spa in Genoa, NV is an elegant spa resort and luxury hotel built in 1862 by David and Harriet Walley at a cost of more than $100,000. Walley's had a 40-room hotel with 11 bathrooms, a grand ballroom, a large stable, a swimming pool, and several bathhouses with resident physicians and masseurs. Famed for its baths that were said to cure everything from sore muscles to rheumatism, the resort also catered to the palate of every guest with substantial and every delicacy in season. It was a regular stop on stage routes, and a daily stage met the V&T Train in Minden, adjacent to the Money Express Route and the Emigrant Trail.
Walley’s was frequented not only by those who wanted to wash away the hardship and disappointment of the mines, but rather by those who needed to sooth away the cares and pressures of success. These visitors knew the rich velvet, leather, and solid brass fixtures of private railway coaches. Men and women from distant cities as well as successful silver and gold mine owners, all found something magical about the hot mineral water baths, the unobstructed views, and the majesty of the sierras. Walley’s has welcomed historical figures and celebrities.
After David Walley’s death in 1875, his widow continued to operate the resort as Genoa Hot Springs in 1876, and later again as Walley's. After Harriet’s death in 1896, the resort was sold by her heirs to John and Richard Raycraft for $5,000 in November 1897. Later, Jane Raycraft and her husband, James Campbell purchased and operated it until 1905. It was then known as Walley’s Hot Springs, and was advertised as the most celebrated medicinal spring in Nevada, offering amazing remedial energy for a long list of human ills. In 1910, Clarence burton purchased the resort for 19,000 in gold coins. It prospered until the 1920 through various owners.
When fire took out all but the stone cellar, one building, and a few cabins, Helen and Ed Johnson had a dinner house in the remaining building from 1958 until the mid-1970s.
Summer Winds purchased the property 6 years ago and has done renovations worth millions of dollars.