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“Great place to get a little history...and then share with visitors!”

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park
Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Minden
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Virginia
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great place to get a little history...and then share with visitors!”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

First, we went out on a tour with friends and Mark was our guide at Christmas time. He gave us an awesome sense of the history of the ranch. Of course the ranch was also decorated for Christmas and that truly gave us a sense of what it much have been like to live and work there. Then, we've taken visitors and other friends out for concerts and then the melodrama this summer. What a kick! Fun and different, you can't beat taking your own chairs and cooler full of food and drinks out for a couple hours of enjoyment with a group of like-minded folks! We've enjoyed every event we've been out for and we really appreciate that they keep it very affordable!

Visited July 2013
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Carson City, Nevada
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Awsome history lesson”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Made reservations and took a tour. Visiting is like taking a trip back in time. Beautiful setting.. Mark our guide was fun & knowledgeable.

Visited June 2012
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5 Thank Bookacheeka S
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Reno, Nevada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Rich in history”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

The amount of history and keepsakes in the tour is amazing! The family did a great job of keeping family artifacts, it is almost like reliving the old days. If you have the time this tour is worth it. We need to keep history alive by saving these kind of historic landmarks.Mark is a wonderful guide and makes the Dangberg family come alive.

Visited June 2012
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4 Thank Karen O
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Reno area
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39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Learn something new every time I visit.”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

The curator, Mark Jensen, does a nice job of adding new and interesting information every time I tour this historic ranch home that belonged to the Dangberg family, pioneers of the Carson Valley. There are many hidden treasures here that you might not suspect as you first drive up to the old ranch, which is now hosting weddings in addition to the other events throughout the year. I have been fortunate enough to visit the toy and clothing exhibits at Christmastime, as well as recently seeing the garden show of irises on my last visit. This is a must stop for history buffs and anyone who likes a leisurely tour in a beautiful setting. Call ahead because you must have a reservation and there is a very short, slightly bumpy ride from the highway to the ranch home.

Visited May 2012
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9 Thank SierraSal
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Timbuktu, Mali
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47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Take a walk through history and time!”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

The Dangberg Home Ranch began as a homestead in 1857. Over the years the cabin became a home and was expanded several times. Five generations of Dangbergs lived there and at one time were among the most influential in beautiful Carson Valley. Visitors see a collection of artifacts that represents growth and progress over 150 years: earliest hand washing materials used by an Indian washer-woman, an original ice box, tools and equipment for ranching, kerosene lamps to modern day electricity, one of the earliest electric Victrolas. The property is surrounded by gorgeous mountain views, ranch land and wildlife. Eagles can sometimes be spotted in the area, which is also home to owls and other species. Access is a private road through cow pastures! Special exhibits held throughout the year emphasize specific collections, such as 150 years of clothing, including what is believed to be the oldest pair of children's Levi's in Nevada, children's toys, fine China, or revealing correspondence that reflects the times of the five generations. Great educational opportunity for children! The holiday exhibit is one of the best! Other special events are now being held on the grounds, such as chautauquas, picnics and an upcoming melodrama. It's a lovely setting for an outdoor wedding. Free parking. Porta-potties. Mostly standing while on the tour, but chairs are available for people who need to sit.

Visited April 2012
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