by Ellen Caywood

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October 3, 2013
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October lecture series, ghost walks, investigations coming up

We hope you are enjoying our blustery fall weather. The trees are turning wonderful colors and football is everywhere you look.

But these days won’t last. Enjoy them while you can.

We have a couple of events coming up to help you celebrate fall.

First, join us at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Thursday for the October lecture series featuring Larry Schmidt.

His topic will be the Johnson Cutoff.

About 1846, mail carrier John Calhoun Johnson sought a route other than the dangerous Truckee River passage to the Sacramento Valley over the Sierra Nevada.

Designated “Johnson’s Cutoff,” the course flanked what would become Lake Tahoe and led into Placerville, Calif.

This route was later utilized by the Pony Express in 1860-61. Today, Johnson’s Cutoff is essentially Highway 50.

Schmidt is a life member of the Nevada Historical Society and has been a member of Trails West Inc. and Oregon-California Trails Association.

He retired in 2004 after a 40-year career with the USDA Forest Service as a hydrologist and physical scientist specializing in watershed management issues.

His interest in Nevada history developed in the 1970s while researching flash-flood histories for the Humboldt and Toiyabe National Forests.

He currently participates, along with other volunteers in OCTA and the Trails West, Inc. to locate and map the Johnson Cutoff in Nevada and the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The doors open at 6:45 and the lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, and $3 for nonmembers.

Our next event is our Haunted Weekend, Oct. 17-20.

This is one of our most popular events and one of the easiest to afford.

However, get your tickets for all the events early as the most popular ones will sell out early.

The tours are $5 per person. The Oct. 18 séance, and Oct. 19 investigation are $15 per person.

Start the weekend early at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, at the Historian Inn Market Café for the free meet and greet with the ghost hunters.

Oct. 18, join us for the Haunted Gardnerville Ghost Walk.

Tours Depart at 6 and 7 p.m. from the CV museum. Following the tours, meet back at the CV museum for our séance at 9 p.m.

Oct. 19, take the Haunted Mottsville Cemetery Tour. Guided tours depart every 15 minutes starting at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Following those tours will be a real ghost investigation from approximately 9 to 11:30 p.m. at the historic Genoa Courthouse Museum.

The Haunted Genoa Ghost Walk will be 10 a.m. Oct. 20.

Meet at the courthouse museum in Genoa.

Coming soon will be all the information you need for the Dec. 7 Holiday Gala.

We will feature our 17th annual Gallery of Trees, our cookie walk, photos with Santa and all the other great Christmas season events you have come to enjoy over the years.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our county and state governments. We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful Valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it.

If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at

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