Melodrama at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park |

Melodrama at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

Staff Reports
Special to The R-C

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park will present an old-fashioned melodrama production on the park’s east lawn on July 13-14, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch.

“Tall in the Saddle” continues the story of Rusty Hinges, the ranch owner from last summer’s production, who is now working at the Genoa Pony Express Station. Rusty is joined by Pony Mike and his trusty steed, Billy Bob, along with other colorful characters. Help boo the villain, and then cheer the hero as he rides in to “save the day.”

“The melodrama has become the highlight of the summer,” said the park’s curator, Mark Jensen. “We are truly thankful for the volunteer effort that goes into making it a fun event for everyone.”

Written and directed by Dave Thomas, the production will be performed on the lawn in front of the historic ranch house. Performing in the cast are Dianna Borges, Dwight Borges, Kim Copel, Linda Diego, Mark Jensen, Mike Murphy, Ted Nagel, Carl Malkmus, Ron Sandstrom and Bill Sweeney, along with some special four-legged guests. Linda Sandstrom provides the piano accompaniment.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children 16 and younger. Gates open at 4 p.m. with the performance at 5 p.m. Wine and beer will be available for sale by the Friends of Dangberg, and the Carson Valley Lions Club will be selling burgers and soft drinks. Alternately, ticketholders can bring their own picnic, and must bring lawn chairs or blankets as seating is not provided. Visitors can also buy tickets for a your choice prize raffle and shop in the museum store. Dogs are not permitted, with the exception of certified service animals.

Tickets can be purchased in Gardnerville at Battle Born Wine, 1448 Highway 395; Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, 1503 Highway 395; Plant It Nursery, 1346 Centerville Lane; or The Entertainer, 1426 Industrial Way. Tickets can also be purchased online at

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and his descendants. The Dangbergs were a 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, wedding rentals and events. The park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in cooperation with Douglas County.