by Christy Chamberlain
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May 15, 2014
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Dangberg Home Ranch gets visit, award

Douglas County’s Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park marked another milestone with a visit from Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki.

Krolicki presented the 2013 Discover Your Nevada award to the non-profit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, which operates the park, and also helped plant trees as part of Nevada’s sesquicentennial celebration during a ceremony Saturday.

The park, located just west of Minden, won the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s Discover Your Nevada contest for the second straight year, besting other events and venues from around the region. Krolicki, who is chairman of the tourism commission, presented a plaque to Mike Hall, president of the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch.

“It’s an honor to be here,” said Krolicki, who has lived in Douglas County for almost 30 years and served on the county planning commission when the Dangberg Home Ranch was transitioning from a private home to a museum. “It’s such a tribute to the people who have made this happen.”

Hall, who has been leading the nonprofit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch since it had only a few members to its current membership of almost 300 - many of whom were in attendance - was equally pleased.

“Today was a great day for the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park,” he said. “We were honored. Our thanks to the lieutenant governor, the Nevada Commission on Tourism, and the Nevada 150 commission for their support and recognition of the Dangberg Home Ranch.”

Hall and Krolicki were joined in the tree planting ceremony by Patty Cafferata, a former state treasurer and member of the Nevada 150 Sesquicentennial Commission. They put the finishing shovelfuls of dirt on one of three pioneer elm trees that replace some of the century-old cottonwood trees planted by the park’s founding family that were removed several years ago. The new trees are an official Nevada 150 legacy project.

“These trees will hopefully long outlast those who planted them,” said Krolicki. “This is my community. To be here, to be part of this day, and to participate in celebrating the history of this place, these people, the stories, is just incredible.”

Krolicki’s wife and daughters accompanied him, and he said they are already planning a school trip to the park. They will join the thousands of visitors who have toured the historic house and outbuildings, attended weddings or enjoyed concerts, plays, exhibits, speakers and presentations since the park opened to the public in 2007.

For Park Curator Mark Jensen, the recognition illustrates the community’s support for the park.

“We continue to grow and add events thanks to the support of our members and many businesses, and of course, Douglas County,” he said. “This award, and our participation in the sesquicentennial tree planting, affirms our place in Nevada’s past and future.”

Funds to purchase the trees were raised by numerous individual supporters who each contributed $10 to $250. Mountain View Tree Farm and Douglas County Parks and Recreation also contributed resources and expertise in support of the project.

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park preserves the home of H.F. Dangberg, who parlayed a homestead staked in 1857 into an empire spanning 48,000 acres. His descendants founded the town of Minden, and the ranch house, which was home to four generations of Dangbergs, is the centerpiece of the 5.5-acre park.

For more information on park events, rentals, or to schedule a guided history tour, call 775-783-9417 or visit

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