Fund-raising for monument to ‘Snowshoe’ Thompson on track |

Fund-raising for monument to ‘Snowshoe’ Thompson on track

Staff reports

The monument to John “Snowshoe” Thompson, the legendary mail carrier of the 1800s who is buried in Genoa, will be unveiled June 23 at the Snowshoe Thompson Festival sponsored by the Carson Valley Historical Society.

The bronze, life-sized statue of Thompson has been an ongoing project for the Greater Genoa Business Association. The Snowshoe Thompson Memorial Fund is at $32,000 now, and organizers hope to meet the goal of $50,000 by June.

One of the fund-raisers for the memorial is the sale of engraved bricks which will form the base of the statue. Deadline to order engraved bricks is April 1.

An additional fund-raiser has been planned, a cross country ski tour led by Nina Eggen McLeod March 18. The skiers and snowshoers will follow a portion of Thompson’s tail in Hope Valley at Highways 88 and 89. Participants should meet at the Hope Valley Outdoor Center at 10 a.m.

Cost is $30 including equipment rental and snacks or $20 without equipment. At 1 p.m., a reception will be held sponsored by the center and the GGBA. Call for more information about the tour at (530) 694-2266.

Tickets for a table top replica of the bronze statues are being sold for $10 each or three for $20. The drawing for the prize will be held at the Snowshoe Thompson Festival in Genoa.

Raffle tickets and brick donation forms will be available at the ski tour reception.

For more information about the raffle or the brick sale, call 782-5697 or 782-4835.