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Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park tours begin April 7




MINDEN, Nev. – Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park will open for tours on Wednesday, April 7, 2010.  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. Of particular interest is the fifteen-room main residence, once one of the most prominent homes in Carson Valley.

Park tours include a presentation on Dangberg family history and the family’s role in the development of Carson Valley. Displays 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 buildings shows insight into Carson Valley’s agricultural history.

Tours begin on April 7 and are offered Wednesday through Sunday at 10:00 a.m. with an additional tour offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. The tours last about one hour.

Advance reservations are required by calling the park at 775-783-9417 or emailing at [email protected]. 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 30,000-acre empire, one of Carson Valley’s largest ranches, with the Home Ranch at its center. His children, including H. Fred 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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