The Dangberg Home Ranch began as a log cabin surrounded by sagebrush. Today, it tells an essential chapter in Nevada’s ranching history.
The cabin was built in 1857 by German immigrant Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg, Sr., whose success as a rancher created a 37,000-acre operation—one of Carson Valley's largest ranches. Dangberg was also a politician who served three terms in the Nevada state legislature.
As the Dangberg family grew, so did the cabin, and four generations eventually called the Home Ranch “home.” The Dangberg Land and Live Stock Co., a family corporation created in 1902, expanded the family’s holdings to 58,000 acres comprised of cattle and sheep ranches in Douglas County and California’s Alpine County. In 1905, the family founded the town of Minden, and in the next few decades spearheaded the establishment of several cooperative agricultural businesses.
Today, the Dangberg Land and Live Stock Company is gone, but the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park remains to educate and entertain visitors through tours, exhibits and public programs.
About this Establishment
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is a Douglas County, Nevada, park that is managed by the non-profit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch. In addition to guided history tours of the Dangberg ranch house (available year-round), the park stages numerous events from May through October, including concerts, Chautauqua, storytellers, speakers and more. Tour reservations are required and can be made by calling the park at 775-783-9417 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A schedule of the current season's events is available at dangberghomeranch.org. The park is also available for private rental for weddings, corporate events and other activities.
Time Period Represented
19th and 20th centuries
Open seven days a week during daylight hours for picnicking, kite flying and similar personal activities; tours and other uses by advance reservation only.
Park admission: Free except for selected events (varies); Tour admission: $8.00 for adults, free for children 16 and younger.
ADA Accessibility Notes
Limited accessibility; contact the park for more information.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are discouraged and not permitted at events. Dogs must be leashed at all times.