Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dangberg Home Ranch

Posted Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Record Courier: Historic Dangberg Ranch in Minden expands public tours:

Nevada State Parks has expanded visiting hours for the public to tour the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, located just west of Minden.

Two-hour tours are now available beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with a second Sunday tour at 2 p.m.

Several historic buildings constructed between 1857 and 1916 will be open to the public, including the main residence, which was one of the most prominent in the region.


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Saturday, June 21, 2008

New Home Depot

Posted Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Opening Day on the new Carson City Home Depot is coming up fast. June 26th is the big day, next Thursday. The new store is located right next to the new Carson City Wal*Mart, where College Parkway meets the CC Freeway. Home Depot is kind of hidden back in a corner behind the freeway’s sound wall. I didn’t even see it for the first time until it was fully formed and they were already stocking the shelves.

Dave Morgan at NewsCarsonCity has a story on the new Home Depot, and how the city is hoping that this new store will keep a lot of Carson City’s residents shopping in Carson City, instead of heading over the county line to Douglas County, and spending their money there. At issue, of course, is the long-running battle of sales taxes and which county will get them. With spending way down and everybody hurting financially, sales taxes are more important than ever.

This new store is having a grand opening party the day before it opens, Wednesday June 25th at 6pm.


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Thursday, June 19, 2008


Posted Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 12:05 PM has a list of the 10 must-see waterfalls in the Lake Tahoe area.

1. Webber Falls, Truckee
2. Heath Falls, Soda Springs
3. Shirley Canyon, Squaw Valley
4. Eagle Falls, Desolation Wilderness
5. Fontanillis, Desolation Wilderness
6. Cascade Falls, Desolation Wilderness
7. Glen Alpine Falls, Fallen Leaf Lake
8. Upper Truckee Falls, Meyers
9. Horsetail Falls, Twin Bridges
10. Hot Springs Creek Falls, Markleeville


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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New Then And Now Article

Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 3:00 PM

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done any Then And Now articles. I think part of the problem is that I’ve wanted to do them right, so I haven’t done any at all lately since I didn’t feel they’d be up to my standard of quality.

I need to get over that. There’s nothing wrong with a quick and dirty Then and Now, so I need to get over myself. Especially now that summer is here, and it is prime picture taking season around Carson City because all the trees are green. I only have a couple of months to get out there and rephotograph all these old pictures I have.

Today is the first of what I hope to be many upcoming Then and Now articles. I had this picture submitted to me at the WNHPC, and I had no idea where it was, what it was, what part of town it was in, if it was still standing, anything. It wasn’t until a comment came in from Dwight Millard (of Millard Realty, and my boss about twelve years ago, even though he probably doesn’t remember me) letting me know where it was. I schlepped down there to check it out, and wow have things changed. It’s the same building, though. Check out the article to see what it is.


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Bella Fiore Wines Then and Now

Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 1:31 PM


This nondescript building sat on Third Street, one block west of Carson Street. Curry Street can be seen running along the left side of the building, and a yellow cab zone takes up the valuable parking right out front. It’s hard to tell what this business might be; they have signs for UPS, Western Union, and Greyhound, but nothing identifying the building itself. Maybe it’s the Greyhound bus depot, but I remember Greyhound stopping other places around town.

At this time, Third Street was mostly forgotten, and many of the buildings were neglected. Across the street from this place, behind the photographer’s back, was the St Charles Hotel, which at the time of this photo was just undergoing a renovation itself. This renovation would spark an interest in Third Street, and the neighborhood slowly started to rebound.


This is what fifteen years of redevelopment gets you. Since the “then” photo was taken, Third Street has come alive with shops and restaurants. The Farmer’s Market was held here for a few years, and now Friday nights during the summer it is home to Fridays@Third, a night-long block party with music, food, drinks, and dancing. 2008 especially has been a good year for this part of town. The opening of the Firkin and Fox pub, on the ground floor of the St Charles Hotel, gave the entire street an anchor, and now more people than ever are coming down to Third.

This renewed vigor is spilling over to the rest of the street. This building here is the same building seen in the “then” photo. Late 90s remodeling saw the addition of the false front, giving it more of an Old West feel. And in the summer of 2008 Bella Fiore Wines opened in this location, bring a further touch of class to this corner. Bella Fiore is a full service wine shop, offering wines by the glass or by the bottle, along with regular wine tasting events. It’s a new use for this old building, and along with the sidewalk dining, shade trees, new siding, and overhanging porch, you’d never even recognize that it’s the same place.

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