The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

A Unique Nevada Historic Site

   A proud winner of's "Discover Your Nevada" contest!

The Dangberg Home Ranch began in 1857 when German immigrant Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg started a new life in Nevada. He built a log cabin and cleared and irrigated the land. He also married, and the cabin grew into a large house as he and his wife, Maggie, raised five children. Dangberg prospered, and his success as a rancher, businessman and politician established the Dangbergs as one of the most influential families in Carson Valley history.

In 1902, the family founded the Dangberg Land and Livestock Co. and over the next few decades expanded their holdings to almost 50,000 acres supporting cattle and sheep production, along with vegetable crops and other products. In 1906, 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 guide small groups through the home's main level, connecting the material culture on display with the public and private histories of the Dangbergs.

Tours are offered year-round. Call 775-783-9417 for more information and to make reservations (required).

The park's 2014 event calendar is in development and will be finalized soon. Plans include more concerts, speakers, Chautauqua, book signings, kite flying, exhibits and the annual melodrama.

The Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch thanks these local businesses for their generous support:

     Joyce's Fine Jewelry
     The Entertainer
     Battle Born Wine

     Borges Family Sleigh and Carriage Rides
     Buona Sera Ristorante
     Carson Valley Inn
     City National Bank, Minden
     Cowboy's Cafe
     Dr. James the Dentist
     Holiday Inn Express, Minden
     Mountain Shadows Landscape
     Plant It Nursery
     Sierra Canopy Rentals
     US Bank, Gardnerville

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park
     1450 Highway 88
     PO Box 1158
     Minden, NV  89423

Mark Jensen, Curator

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