Virginia City proved to be a good central location for our side trips,besides having full hook-ups,WiFi,cable TV and clean bathrooms,we also enjoyed the daily visits of the wild horses and I found myself waiting every morning to meet them and see how close they will come to me.
Two bars in Virginia City have live music every evening just 3 minutes from the C.G ,our frequent visits especially to Red Dog to listen to cowboy music and have a drink gave us a chance to meet the “regulars” and soon we felt like the locals.
But before our daily visit to Red Dog we took a drive to Carson Valley and took a guided tour in Dangberg Mansion,
The house that stands here was built by a family that played an important role in the growth and shaping of Carson Valley, Nevada. Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg was only eighteen when he came to America in 1848. He came west in 1856, where he built a log cabin, cleared and irrigated his land claim, and married Margaret Ferris, the daughter of a noted American family. A self-made man, his hard work, foresight and leadership lead to prosperity and influence. The cabin grew into a house as he and Maggie raised five children, who inherited one of the largest ranches in western Nevada. In 1902, the family formed the Dangberg Land and Livestock Co. and over the next few decades the second generation expanded the family’s holdings 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 Danglers Home Ranch Historic Park preserves this essential chapter in Nevada’s history
After the tour guide overloaded us with with the family history which I will never be able to repeat be moved on to Dayton a small “ghost” town once called China Town when Chinese lived and worked in the railroads, to day many houses are closed and a lot of “junk” is lying around but the place his own charm.
But even in this town we were surprised to find a bar/restaurant named Gold Canyon Restaurant & Coffee run by Martinez, a great guy that served us a huge Ice Cream with liquor that tasted fantastic,we have to come back for his specials –Hawaii home made dish.
At 7:30 PM with a Tahoe Mule (Vodka/Ginger Beer/Lime and Ice)in our hands the cow girls entertained us in Red Dog with great cowboy music till 10PM.
It was another great day ,looking forward for tomorrow to meet the horses and kick off to new adventures.