Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summer Events at Dangberg Home Ranch Historic State Park

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic State Park is a one of Carson Valley's historic properties.  In the center of Carson Valley, this is one of western Nevada’s treasures, that has breathtaking views of Jobs Peak and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The house that stands here was built by a family that played an important role in the growth and shaping of Carson Valley, Nevada. Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg was only eighteen when he came to America in 1848. He came west in 1856, where he built a log cabin, cleared and irrigated his landclaim, and married Margaret Ferris, the daughter of a noted American family. A self-made man, his hard work, foresight and leadership lead to prosperity and influence. The cabin grew into a house as he and Maggie raised five children, who inherited one of the largest ranches in western Nevada. In 1902, the family formed the Dangberg Land and Livestock Co. and over the next few decades the second generation expanded the family’s holdings to almost 50,000 acres supporting cattle and sheep production, along with vegetable crops and other products. In 1905, the family founded the town of Minden and there, in partnership with other ranchers, established several businesses focused on agriculture, banking and a hotel. Today, the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park preserves this essential chapter in Nevada’s history.

The best way to see the park is to schedule a tour of the ranch house. Docents lead visitors through the entire main level, from living room to the cowboys’ dining hall, and reveal the history of Carson Valley ranching through one family’s private and public history. The stories told by the artifacts and photographs will make you laugh, cry and reflect.
Reservations are required and the tours are available year-round on selected days, including weekends. Call 775-783-9417, or write curator@dangberghomeranch.org. The fee is $8 for 17 and older, free for 16 and younger.

Activities and events take place from April through December. Throughout the summer, Dangberg Home Ranch Historic State Park offers their Ferris Family Speaker Series, Summer Sunday Concert Series, Twilight Concerts, Storytellers, Chautauqua Series, and Arts and Traditions of the American West.  

For a full list of activities and events visit: 
www.visitcarsonvalley.org  or

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