Genoa City – Gateway to Wisconsin

4-21-12 and 2-2-15

Genoa City SignGenoa City Info

The Village of Genoa City is only 2 miles from the Illinois border in Walworth County, giving it the distinct honor of being called “The Gateway to Wisconsin.”   The village is best known as the fictional setting of the soap “The Young and the Restless.” Genoa City is a small community of 2,766, we received a warm “hello” from passersby as we explored downtown. It was first known as Genoa Junction  and first platted in 1841. Many of the early settlers immigrated here from the Italian Alps.  We also discovered that the first Swedish settlers in Wisconsin made Genoa City their home. In Veterans Park is a marker in a beautiful shelter and had a Swedish flag flying outside.  The park also had a mural painted under a bridge that goes over Nippersink Creek.

Swedish Settler Marker in Genoa City

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Genoa City Mural 2003

This was downtown in 2012.

 

 

Downtown Genoa City

And in 2015.  The village has changed a little since our last visit. Some building improvements have been made or new businesses started.

Downtown Genoa City 2015

Genoa City Public Library – They were very helpful answering our questions about Genoa City and locating the former Paiser Pickle Factory, in the process of being torn down.  This is the last building remaining. Thank you for helping us find it! It may be gone the next time we come by.

Genoa City Public Library

 

Paiser Pickle Factory in Genoa City with pickle jar

The American Legion

Genoa City American Legion

This beautiful Victorian is the Haase-Lockwood Funeral Home.  It was was built in 1899 and 1900 for $8000.  It was a private residence until 1943 when it was made into a funeral home.  The Haase family bought it in 1953 and added on in the late 1950’s.  Bruce Haase and his family were born and raised in that building and his mother still lives upstairs.  They have done some landscaping since 2012, new steps on the right and the post lights.

Haase-Lockwood Funeral Home in Genoa City

 

Haase-Lockwood Funeral Home 2015 in Genoa City

Lost Sock Laundromat in 2012, then in 2015. What a big change in 3 years!

Lost Sock Laundromat in Genoa CityLost Sock Laundrymat 2015

 

The historic Citizens State Bank building, now State Bank of the Lakes.

State Bank of the Lakes in Genoa City

 

Next we turn right onto Walworth street.

Straight to Curly Haircare

Streight to Curley Haircare in Genoa City

Next door is Keller’s Food and Spirits

Kellers Food and Spirits in Genoa City

 

After talking to a nice lady at the Police station, I found out the location of the former Opera House, currently vacant. It’s right next to Keller’s.

Genoa City Opera House

 

The post office. They helped us find the former movie house in this red building.

Genoa City post office

 

Former Genoa City Movie House

 

Get groceries at Genoa City Foods.  One thing I have noticed is how the people in this village are close-knit.  I saw this sign outside of the grocery store. Rick Eklund, a resident of Genoa City, passed away 1-26-15.

Genoa City Foods

 

Rick Eklund sign in Genoa City

Speaking of food, we enjoyed a great Fish Boil dinner at Fitzgerald’s Genoa Junction restaurant in 2012.

Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction in Genoa City

Stop in Genoa City, you will feel welcome here!

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