Come Visit with History
The Home Ranch
Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg was only eighteen when he came to America in 1848. He came west in 1853, where he built a log cabin, cleared and irrigated his claim, 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 Heinrich 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. Nevada’s elite once passed through the doors of the Dangberg Home Ranch, and now you’re invited to visit, too.
The ranch house and stone cellar, with majestic Jobs Peak in the background, ca. 1910.
Four generations of Dangbergs lived at the Home Ranch, and they each help in understanding the changes that occur in the histories of American ranching families. They also left a fascinating collection of artifacts, photographs and documents dating from the early 19th century all the way to 1990. Many of these connect with daily life in Carson Valley, and many others show the family’s private lives.
The Dangberg family with friends at Lake Tahoe, ca. 1914.
Everyone’s invited to drop by the park for a visit. It’s a county-owned park at 1450 NV-SR 88 that is open to everyone. The park is managed by a small non-profit, which does its best to serve visitors. Currently (through October 2022) the Dangberg ranch house is open for visitors from 10:30-2:30 on Wednesdays through Sundays, with staff and volunteer docents available to help you enjoy a self-guided visit. Three other historic ranch buildings are also open for visitors. The buildings are closed without prior announcement if wet or other conditions require. We’re excited to say that overdue restoration and maintenance work will take place throughout the summer of 2022, closing some outbuildings. The park’s grounds are generally open for public enjoyment every day, during daylight hours. Picnic tables are available, as is a horseshoe pit (bring your own horseshoes). There is no fee (except for some events), but a donation is requested (just leave some magic in any donation box, please). The public park is surrounded by a private cattle ranch, so please proceed all the way to the gated and signed public park before parking or leaving your vehicle.
VISIT Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is occasionally closed for a private function or we’re having an event that requires a ticket. Otherwise, the park is a public park owned by the local county and is open during daylight hours seven days a week. The buildings are open when staffed, usually Tuesdays through Sundays. If the gate is shut, that’s because there are cattle in the pasture. Just open the gate, park inside the fence, and leave the gate how you found it. The access road from the highway crosses private land, so parking along the road is not permitted. The 1875 barn, corral and deteriorating brick slaughterhouse (danger!) are also on private land. Please do not trespass.
Amenities The park is undeveloped, but toilets and picnic tables are available. Sidewalks are limited and the ground could be muddy in wet weather. Non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted inside the ranch house, but motorized wheelchairs are prohibited due to weight restrictions and limited turning areas.
Other Buildings You can also see inside the “stone cellar” (built 1870) and a laundry house (1906). Our museum store is in the garage by the garden. There’s a great selection of jewelry, gifts and books on Nevada history.
Picnicking and Recreation Bring a picnic and enjoy the views of the Carson Range and majestic Jobs Peak from the park’s back lawn. There’s plenty of space for games.
Pets Pets must be leashed at all times and pet owners are responsible for cleanup. Pets are not allowed during special events (such as concerts, Chautauqua, speakers, etc.), with the exception of certified service animals.
Photography The historic buildings and the views of Carson Valley and the Sierra Nevada create many opportunities for great images. Professional photographers should contact us to talk about our policies and permitting requirements.
Location The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, just west of Minden, NV. The entrance is about ¾ mile south of the roundabout at the intersection of County Road with Highway 88.
Carson Valley Visitors Authority
South Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Carson City Visitors Authority