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Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

The full schedule of 2021 Summer Festival Events is available at

Ticketing options will be available here two weeks before each concert. Chautauqua entrance fee is paid only at the gate. Selected events are free for everyone.


~   Festival Sponsors   ~

Douglas County ~ Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation

Carson Valley Accounting ~ Horse Tales

D & B Cabinets ~ Dr. James the Dentist

Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce ~ Douglas Disposal & Recycling Service

Edward Jones Investments – Tim Cleveland ~ Holiday Inn Express—Minden

Hone Company ~ Jacobs Family Berry Farm ~ Mangia Tutto ~ The Pink House


Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Friends, in cooperation with Douglas County, is dedicated to the continued operation of the park and the preservation of its historic structures and museum collection.

The Dangberg Home Ranch was founded in 1857 when German immigrant Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg started a new life in Carson Valley. He married, and a small cabin grew into a large house as he and his wife, Margaret Ferris Dangberg, raised five children. Dangberg prospered, and his success as a rancher, businessman and politician established the Dangbergs as one of the most influential families in Carson Valley history.

In 1902, they founded the Dangberg Land and Live Stock Co., and over the next few decades expanded to almost 50,000 acres supporting cattle and sheep production, along with vegetable crops and other products. In 1905, the family founded the town of Minden and there, in partnership with other ranchers, established several businesses focused on agriculture, banking and a hotel.

Today, the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park preserves this essential chapter in Nevada’s history. Guided tours take visitors through the main residence and other buildings, where the family’s story connects with 150 years of Nevada history. The park is located just west of Minden, NV, at 1450 Hwy 88. 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.

The park is a day-use facility, and current visitor information is available at The park can also be reserved for weddings, reunions and other events from May through September.