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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


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!


Starstruck at Yerkes Observatory


We took a field trip to Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, WI.  This was the same day we went to Genoa City for the fish boil. We arrived at around 11:00 AM.

Yerkes sign.


I was at this observatory in Feb 1978 when I was 12 for a class trip. I am a big astronomy fan and was glad to find a chance to come back.  We got here in time for the noon tour.  Before the tour, we stepped outside to where a group of people were gathered around a telescope. Our tour guide and astronomer Richard Dreiser who worked there was projecting an image of the sun on a white piece of paper.  We had a chance to see sunspots. How cool! too bad there was not an eclipse that day, it would have been more crowded too 🙂

Looking for sunspots

Looking for sunspots

We were not disappointed, there were sunspots that day.


After that we began the tour.  The best part was going into the main observatory to see the BIG telescope.  The facility also houses two smaller scopes in the two other domes on the other side of the huge building.


Just as impressive was the outside, Here is the main observatory plus the two lesser ones.  The building was too wide for my old camera to get it all in one shot so I split it up..




It was quite exciting to go back there after so many years and to reminisce.

Door County Fish Boil in Genoa City, WI

 April 21, 2012

Genoa City Sign

We went to Genoa City today for a traditional Door County Fish Boil since we had never enjoyed that experience before. Genoa City is only two miles from the Illinois border.

A fish boil is unique to Wisconsin. It’s prepared in a large cast iron kettle outside. It consists of boiled potatoes and onions, then the fish is added the last 10 minutes of cooking. A little kerosene is added to the fire for the big “flame over” to signify that the food is ready. Accompanying the dinner were rolls and traditional Door County Cherry Pie.

We were unable to get to a fish boil while we were there in 2011, so I did a little research and found a great restaurant near the Illinois border (2 miles!).  The restaurant is called Fitzgerald’s Genoa Junction, and serves dinner only, and fish boils are all they do.  We arrived in town about 4:00. The restaurant in in a historic octagon-shaped building.

Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction

We walked around out back and surveyed their cooking set up. Took our picture too!

Fish Kettles and us

We were the only ones watching the cooking process,  apparently the locals have seen it all before! Not us though, we waited for the big moment. Here it is!

Boil Over!

Then we enjoyed a delicious dinner, it was all-you-can-eat.

Fish Boil serving area

Fish Boil dinner

I recommend this restaurant to anyone wishing to enjoy a fish boil but can’t get to Door County.  It’s every night,  just call ahead to make your reservation 262-279-5200. Take a peek at their gift shop too 🙂

Genoa Junction Gift Shop

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