MINDEN, Nev. — Nevada State Parks invites the public to tour the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, located just west of Minden in Douglas County on Highway 88. The park features several historic buildings constructed between 1857 and 1916, and the main residence, which was once one of the most prominent homes in Carson Valley.
Park tours include a discussion of Dangberg family history with displays of artifacts from the 19th century through the 1980s. A variety of historic objects — including furniture, clothing, books, dishes, artwork, photographs, phonographs and other items — give insight into the lives of four generations of Nevadans. The park’s collection of farm equipment and its buildings help to understand Carson Valley agricultural history.
Tours begin April 22 and are conducted Wednesday through Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. The tours last about one hour.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling the park at 775-783-9417 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours are limited to ten people, but larger groups can request special arrangements in advance. Tour admission is $3.00 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
The Dangberg Home Ranch was settled by Carson Valley pioneer Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg, Sr., in 1857. By the time of his death in 1904, he had created a 20,000-acre empire — one of the Carson Valley’s largest ranches — with the Home Ranch at its center. His children, including H. F. Dangberg, Jr., founded the Dangberg Land and Livestock Co., a collection of cattle and sheep ranches, orchards and other businesses that grew to 48,000 acres by the middle of the 20th century. In 1905, the company founded the town of Minden.