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Carson Valley: The Hanging Tree in Genoa Nevada

We visited the hanging tree in Genoa as a guest of Carson Valley

The Hanging Tree in Genoa Nevada

My travels around the world have made me fall in love with historical landmarks. I am fascinated by old stories. Recently, while in Carson Valley, we spent half a day in the town of Genoa.

If you don’t already know, Genoa is the first settlement in Nevada, and rich in history. If you like historical buildings and history, you’ll fall in love with the town of Genoa as much as I did.

While planning our trip to Genoa, I noticed something about a hanging tree online. There wasn’t much information about it, so I set out on a mission to learn more.

The ranger at the Mormon Station State Historic Park gave me directions to The Hanging Tree. Also, he shared some of the back story of it with me.

The history of The Hanging Tree in Genoa Nevada

History of The Hanging Tree in Genoa

On the tree, in the early morning of November 25, 1897, occurred the blackest episode in the history of Nevada. Adam Uber of Calaveras, California, was forcefully taken from jail.

The angry mob abused him, and then hung him. For being accused of the pistol shooting of Hans Anderson, a local teamster. The killing took place in a Millersville barroom brawl.

Why did he get kidnapped by an angry mob? Hans Anderson was a well-known person in the community at the time of his death.

Rumors are that Adam Uber had a family member who was an attorney that was going to represent him. There was mention that he might be acquitted, and so these people took his fate into their own hands by executing him.

History of Genoa Nevada

Location of The Hanging Tree

The tree is along Genoa Lane, which is in a cluster of cottonwood trees. There is a plaque on the tree with some history behind the tragic event.

Before the execution of Adam Uber, he told his executors that a curse would fall upon them. In fact, shortly after his death, many of them died horrific deaths. According to local legend, the curse will last seven generations.

The town cut off the branch of the tree. But, the curse continued to haunt those who killed him that night.

The ranger at the Mormon Station State Historic Park told us that there had been sightings of his ghost next to the tree and in the old jail where he was kidnapped.

Teaching children about the history of Genoa Nevada

We pulled our Chevy Tahoe over to the side of the road. While standing next to the tree, we had an eerie feeling. It was like we could sense the presence of his spirit.

After visiting the hanging tree, we went to the Genoa Cemetery where Uber’s remains are buried in an unmarked grave.

When visiting Carson Valley with your family, you’ll want to plan to spend a couple of hours exploring the town of Genoa. Don’t miss stopping at the Hanging Tree so that your children can learn some of the history behind one of the most tragic events in Nevada’s history. Learn more about planning a trip to Carson Valley online.

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  1. Hi, good post, but I wanted to give you some other information. It was the death of Hans Anderson that occurred on November 25, 1897, the plaque made for the tree has incorrect information. Adam Uber was taken from the jail and murdered in the very early hours of the 7th December 1897. His body was taken down from the tree in Boyd Lane at around 8am on December 7th. His attorney was Alfred Chartz (I believe he was hired by Adam’s uncle). Alfred Chartz had a little history of his own. Chartz served time in the Nevada State Prison for murder. Throughout his incarceration he never changed his story claiming it was self defense. During his incarceration he studied law, and after suppressed evidence proving his innocence came to light, he received a full pardon. Upon his release he took up Law as a profession. When Alfred Chartz took on Uber’s defense, he met with the coroner who did the autopsy on Anderson, and found the injury Anderson sustained didn’t match the accusations of murder made against Uber by Anderson’s friends, and in fact may have proven that Uber was on the ground with Anderson standing over him when Uber shot him in self defense, as was also stated by unbiased witnesses. Friends of Anderson claimed Uber to be of bad standing, while there were people of California who claimed he was a very nice and decent man, even some in Genoa said that Uber was a quiet man who kept himself to himself. Sadly there were too many stories that contradicted one another, and too many threats made by people in the Lynch mob to Genoa residents and local newspapers, to ever see justice done.

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