Minden in Douglas County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Minden's First Homesite
Location. 38° 57.165′ N, 119° 45.715′ W. Marker is in Minden, Nevada, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Esmeralda Avenue, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 395. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1595 US 395, Minden NV 89423, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Minden (here, next to this marker); Clock Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Heidlberg (within shouting distance of this marker); C.O.D. Garage (about 400 feet away, Minden Dry Goods (about 500 feet away); Second Farmer's Bank of Carson Valley (about 600 feet away); Reed-Meneley Insurance (about 700 feet away); First National Bank of Nevada (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Minden.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on the southern side of the supporting post of the sign for Jimmy G's Cigar Bar, surrounded by a fenced-in patio.
Regarding Minden's First Homesite. The Town of Minden was a planned community, conceived of by H.F. Dangberg, Jr. The origin, as described by Minden historian Wynne F. Maule in Take a Walk, and DISCOVER MINDEN!, "A key first step in creating the new town was to persuade the V&T Railway to extend its railroad line from Carson City to the Carson Valley. Not coincidentally, the H.F. Dangberg Land and Livestock Company owned the land that the line would would span — as well as much of the surrounding land. The company granted the V&T the right-of-way through its property on the condition that the line would terminate at the site that was to become the Town of Minden.
Also see . . .
1. Minden Map and Walking Tour. The Take a Walk, and DISCOVER MINDEN! brochure, written by Wynne Maule and published by the Town of Minden. Presents a walking tour of the town's historical sites, and includes a short history of the town and a timeline with the major events for each year. (Submitted on October 18, 2009.)
2. The Virginia & Truckee: Nevada’s Bonanza Railroad. The V&T's history: Nevada’s most famous short line is the Virginia & Truckee Railroad which connected Reno with Carson City, Virginia City, and Minden. Operating for 80 years, the V&T was Nevada’s Bonanza Railroad as it hauled valuable Comstock ore to quartz reduction mills located at Silver City and along the Carson River. Today visitors to Virginia City enjoy a ride over nearly three miles of the original line amidst encouraging prospects that rails my soon once again reach the outskirts of Carson City. The name “Virginia & Truckee” is recognized the world over: V&T locomotives and cars have appeared in scores of feature-length motion pictures and the historic equipment is preserved and exhibited in museums in Nevada, California, and as far away as Strasburg, Pennsylvania.... (Submitted on October 18, 2009.)
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