Local authors Conrad Buedel and Steve Achard will appear on BOOK TV airing on C-SPAN2 starting 9 a.m. Saturday.
The program is called “Carson City Weekend” and features the rich history of Carson Valley, Carson City and Virginia City from the 1800s as told by regional authors.
Tiffany Rocque, a video journalist for C-SPAN, filmed the interviews on July 8 at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park in Minden.
C-SPAN created BOOK TV to showcase top nonfiction books and authors. BOOK TV features 48 hours of nonfiction books on C-SPAN2 every weekend from 5 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday.
All episodes are also available online at www.booktv.org.
Buedel and Achard wrote “Lost Legacy of Carson Valley, The Rise and Fall of the H.F. Dangberg Ranching Empire.” It is the first comprehensive book about the history of Henry Fred Dangberg and his family. It details the exhilarating rise and the devastating fall of one of Nevada’s most prominent pioneer families.
The book contains hundreds of personal family photographs along with rare documents and letters never seen before. It reveals the private lives of the legendary Dangberg family and the secrets that were kept quiet for generations.
“I believe the true story of H.F. Dangberg and his sons was the inspiration for the popular TV show Bonanza,” said Buedel. “There are just too many similarities for it to be a coincidence. The time frame, locations, ranching and irrigation activities match up exactly. Dangberg had four sons but one left the ranching business. Both families even employed Chinese cooks.”