The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park has been designated a top Nevada treasure in the "Discover Your Nevada" online contest sponsored by the Nevada Commission on Tourism.
"We're extremely pleased about winning the contest," said park curator Mark Jensen. We're even more pleased that the community rallied behind us with votes. Ultimately, the win belongs to everyone who supports historic preservation and the unique gem that is the Dangberg Home Ranch."
The park beat out Thunderbird Lodge at Lake Tahoe in the final round of the contest, and joins such noted Nevada attractions as Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada Northern Railway and Goldwell Open Air Museum as a regional winner.
"This is just the beginning of a bright future for the park," Jensen said. "Tours, exhibits, speakers, school field trips, arts performances and more all underway or planned. We'll continue to care for and display the artifact collection, and also pursue restoration projects. The grounds and gardens will flourish."
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and his descendants. The Dangbergs were the most prominent ranching family in Carson Valley history and founded Minden in 1905. The site includes eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, along with a collection of 39,000 artifacts, documents and photographs acquired and used by the Dangberg family. Programs include tours, exhibits and other public events.
The park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in cooperation with the site's owner, Douglas County.
Mike Hall, president of the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, invited everyone to become a member of the organization.
"We rely on the support of the community to accomplish our goals for the park," Hall said. "We believe the park will become even more of a treasure of which all of Carson Valley can be proud." Membership information can be found at the park's website, www.dangberghomeranch.org.
"All of the park's supporters, from the members of the Friends to the Douglas County commissioners, recognize the unique value of the site and the collection," Jensen said. "The treasure designation couldn't be more appropriate."
The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, Minden, one-half mile south of the Carson Valley Swim Center.
Guided tours are offered by reservation. More information can be found at www.dangberghomeranch.org or by calling 783-9417.