Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park to open for tours April 22

April 16, 2009

Dangberg Home Ranch

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 dangbergranch@parks.nv.gov. 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.

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Register Now for Carson Valley’s 7th Annual Eagles and Agriculture Event

February 2, 2009

[Submitted news release.]

Dangberg Home Ranch

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — The Carson Valley agricultural and ranching community, along with the Carson Valley Visitors Authority, the Audubon Society, the Great Basin Birding Observatory and the conservation community have announced that the unique birds of prey viewing and agricultural education experience, the 7th Annual Eagles and Agriculture Event, will take place February 27 – March 1, 2009.

The ‘Eagles and Ag’ tours and workshops focus on the influx of bald eagles and other birds of prey that come to the scenic Carson Valley to feed on the rodents and nutrient-rich afterbirth during the winter calving season. This remarkable interaction between nature and agriculture attracts photographers, birders and nature-lovers of all kinds who come to closely observe bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and a variety of other bird and wildlife species. A complete schedule of events and information can be viewed at www.visitcarsonvalley.org.

Friday evening, February 27, there will be a Birds of Prey Lecture and Reception featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jeff Smith, Hawkwatch International. Additionally, Doug Busselman, the Executive Vice President of the Nevada Farm Bureau will discuss Nevada Agriculture, Falconer Lew Souder will present a live Northern Goshawk; and Falconer Mark Moglich will display a live ornate Hawk Eagle. The $35 per person entry fee includes hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. A special price of $30 is extended to those participants that are also attending the Saturday Ranch Tour. Read the rest of this entry »


Dangberg interpreter speaks in Gardnerville today (Record Courier)

January 8, 2009

The artifacts in the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park give clues into the history of the family and to the history of Carson Valley.
Park interpreter Mark Jensen discusses the Dangberg Home Ranch at the Douglas County Historical Society’s free lecture series, 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Jensen will give a slide presentation of images from the collection and tell stories about the Dangberg family.

“The images are of how we found the house when we took it over in 2005 and how it is today,” said Jensen. “I’ll give an introduction to the Dangberg family and their importance to Carson Valley history — and how they were just your regular old neighbors down the road.”

Read the complete story at the Record Courier.


Christmas at the Dangberg Historic Home Ranch

December 24, 2008

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is one of Carson Valley’s first and largest ranches. The ranch was home to German immigrant Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg who founded the site in 1857. Christmas at the Dangberg Home Ranch has been reconstructed with historic artifacts, toys and decorations. Park Interpreter Mark Jensen narrates this video and describes the Ranch’s Christmas time exhibit.


Stargazing Aug. 18 at Home Ranch Historic Park

August 13, 2007

Dangberg Home Ranch

The Astronomical Society of Nevada to present about starry skies at the original Dangberg Ranch

MINDEN, Nev.—Nevada State Parks is inviting the public to view the evening sky through telescopes at the Home Ranch Historic Park in Minden.

On Saturday, August 18, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., park rangers and the Astronomical Society of Nevada will be on site to help people learn more about our starry sky.

The event is free and open to the public. Read the rest of this entry »


Tours offered twice a week at historic property (Nevada Appeal)

July 2, 2007

Dangberg Home Ranch

MINDEN, Nev.—The enormous cottonwoods surrounding the Dangberg ranch are only one indication of the age of the historic Minden estate. “These pillars were built in 1918,” said Nevada Division of State Parks park supervisor Suzanne Sturtevant to a dozen people taking a tour Wednesday morning. Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.


Dangberg Historic Home Ranch Opens for Tours April 1

March 26, 2007

Dangberg Home Ranch

GARDNERVILLE, Nev.–The Nevada Division of State Parks is pleased to announce the opening of the Dangberg Historic Home Ranch. Beginning April 1, 2007 park staff and volunteers will offer tours of the historic site. Read the rest of this entry »