Dangberg plants five new trees
Five autumn blaze maple trees were recently planted at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, the result of support from a variety of sources. Once mature, the trees will provide shade for the park’s east lawn and a variety of community events. A hybrid of red maple and silver maple varieties, the fast-growing autumn blaze maple reaches 50 feet in height. In autumn, the leaves turn a bright red. Planting the maples anticipates the demise of several of the park’s cottonwood trees that, because of their extreme age, must be removed.
Mountain View Tree Farm, a Carson Valley business, donated two of the trees and discounted the price of three additional trees and planting services. The balance of the cost was funded by members of the non-profit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, and by a grant from the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation.
Additional funding was provided by Alicia Powers, a long-time park supporter, and by those who donated in memory of Mike Murphy, a former Carson Valley resident who was active in Dangberg Historic Park events and volunteered for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.
The Douglas County parks department oversaw the project, selecting the trees and coordinating planting.
The trees are one part of the Friends of Dangberg’s plans to restore the park’s landscaping, in partnership with Douglas County. In 2012, new turf and a sprinkler system were installed on the west side of the Dangberg ranch house. In 2014, three Frontier elm trees were planted on the park’s west side. The Friends of Dangberg is currently raising money to fund new turf, additional trees, and a sprinkler system around the other sides of the ranch house. Donations to the organization’s landscaping fund can be made at dangberghomeranch.org, or by sending a check or money order to Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, PO Box 1158, Minden, NV 89423.
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, at 1450 Highway 88, is the 2012 and 2013 Reno-Tahoe Territory winner of the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s “Discover Your Nevada” contest. The site, a Douglas County Park, is cared for by the non-profit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch. It preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and his descendants, a prominent ranching family in Carson Valley history that founded Minden in 1905.The park preserves eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, and an extensive, original collection of artifacts, documents and photographs. Programs include tours, exhibits, wedding rentals, and public arts and culture events. More information is at dangberghomeranch.org.