Peter Anker was born in Denmark and immigrated to America in 1870 at the young age of 18. He lived in northern California where he worked as a carpenter and farm laborer. He moved to Nevada in 1871 and worked as a bridge carpenter on the Virginia Truckee Railroad. He relocated to the Lovelock area to work and homesteaded 160 acres, acquiring more acres into what was to become a large ranch of 800 acres. Peter and his wife, Julia Ann Faas, raised alfalfa, along with corn, sugar beets and other grains on what is still one of the best ranches in the Lovelock Valley. The original ranch has been divided up among the descendants of Peter and Julia. We are pleased to induct three portions of the Anker Family into the Centennial Awards Program this year. In 2010, the Anker Ranch was a recipient of the Nevada Centennial Award Ranch & Farm Award.


This entry is from the Nevada Centennial Awards Ranch & Farm Program which recognizes agricultural families who have owned and operated the same land in Nevada for 100 years or more. Forty-seven families have now been inducted into the program that began in 2004. The awards program is sponsored by the Nevada Agriculture Plate funds, Farm Bureau, Agricultural Foundation, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Cattlemen’s Association and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information about the Nevada Centennial Awards Ranch & Farm Program please visit