Historic ranch first to get permit under new rule
June 19, 2013
One of Carson Valley’s oldest homes will become one of the first in the county to obtain a permit to become a special occasion home.
The historic Mack Land & Cattle property was settled by H.H. and Wilamena Springmeyer, when they arrived from Germany in 1876. The home was built in the 1880s.
Minden resident Renee Mack’s request for a permit to use her family’s historic home to host weddings, retreats and other functions was approved by the Douglas County Planning Commission last week.
Under the proposal, Mack could have up to two-dozen events through the year, with as many as 300 guests per event. Any additional work would require an additional permit.
Occasions at the house would be limited to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Any amplified music would be limited to noon to 9:30 p.m.
Events would be limited to the grounds around the main house.
The nearest neighbor to the property is 1,000 feet away.
The property was one of the first to be recognized by the Nevada Centennial Ranch Committee.
The Mack Ranch is the last one in the area remaining in the Springmeyer Family. His daughter Clare Mack and her husband Maurice acquired the ranch. Interestingly, the wrought-iron fence surrounding the yard was obtained by H. H. from the Carson City Mint after the mint ended operation. Over its lifetime, the ranch has produced onions, garlic, potatoes, Timothy hay, alfalfa, Shire horses, Angus and Hereford cattle. Many of the historic structures on the ranch were built approximately between 1870 and 1890.