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Minden in Douglas County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The History of Sunset Park

 
 
The History of Sunset Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 22, 2012
1. The History of Sunset Park Marker
Inscription. The members of the Minden Town Board selected this site, on the Minden-Gardnerville boundary and adjacent to the telephone company offices, as a particularly appropriate location for what they have named "Sunset Park".

In the early 1900's, United Farmers Telephone and Telegraph provided telephone locally and to an expanding rural region. In the 1940s, United Farmers became California Interstate Telephone Company, which later became Continental Telephone and Telegraph, serving the South Lake Tahoe portion of El Dorado Company, as well as Alpine and and Mono Counties, all in California, and the Stateline, Topaz and Carson Valley portions of Douglas County, Nevada. In certain areas, hand-crank telephones remained in use into the 1960s, and areas such as Fish Springs received their first-ever telephone service in the 1970s.

In the early 1960s, "Dial Day" arrived, allowing telephone customers of the phone company, by using the prefix "Sunset", to dial directly anywhere in the Carson Valley without going through a switchboard (attended by as many as eight operators at one time). As recently as the 1980s, many areas in our region, such as Mono and Alpine Counties, could be reached from the Carson Valley only with operator assistance.

When the phone company in the 1970s discontinued the use of prefixes and adopted
The History of Sunset Park Marker - view from south image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 22, 2012
2. The History of Sunset Park Marker - view from south
The marker is visible here, mounted on a pole, just to the right of the sign, "Welcome to the Town of Minden, Nevada. Established 1906".
an all-numbers calling method, the old prefix Sunset became 78, numbers which remain in use today for telephone access in the towns of Minden and Gardnerville.

Sunset Park was conceived, designed, engineered, financed, and constructed as a joint effort of Resource Concepts, Inc. (Bruce Scott and Brenda Stein, Project Engineers), Landscape Architect Sandra Wendel, Casinelli Landscaping and Construction, Michael and Angel Gilbert, The Minden Town Board, and the staff of the Town of Minden. Creation of Sunset Park at this location would not have been possible without the assistance and cooperation of Douglas County, the Town of Gardnerville, neighboring landowners, and Verizon (and its predecessors, Contel and GTE).

Minden Town Board Members - September 3, 2003
Raymond G. Wilson, Chairman
David C. Sheets, Vice Chairman
Ross J. Chichester
Bruce M. Jacobsen
Robert S. Hadfield
 
Erected 2003.
 
Location. 38° 56.969′ N, 119° 45.581′ W. Marker is in Minden, Nevada, in Douglas County. Marker is on U.S. 395 north of Church Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Minden NV 89423, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Garden Cemetery (approx.
The History of Sunset Park Marker - view from north image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 22, 2012
3. The History of Sunset Park Marker - view from north
The other side of the sign greets traveler's from the north with "Welcome to Gardnerville, Nevada. Established 1879."
0.2 miles away); Minden (approx. mile away); Minden's First Homesite (approx. mile away); Clock Park (approx. mile away); The Heidlberg (approx. 0.3 miles away); C.O.D. Garage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Minden Dry Goods (approx. 0.3 miles away); Second Farmer's Bank of Carson Valley (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minden.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to one of the supporting poles holding the welcome signs for Minden and Gardnerville, in Sunset Park. Sunset Park is a "pocket" park sited on US 395, in front of what is now the Frontier Telecommunications facility.
 
Categories. Communications
 
The History of Sunset Park Marker - wide view looking west across US 395. image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 22, 2012
4. The History of Sunset Park Marker - wide view looking west across US 395.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 20, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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