Land of the Buckaroo: Historic Ranches of Western Nevada | by Holly Walton-Buchanan

The iconic American cowboy has roots that go way back to Spain in the Dark Ages, when wild horses and cattle were first domesticated. When the Conquistadores arrived in the New World in the 1500s, they brought with them herds of livestock that later became the mainstay of the economy of the American West. In the 1850s, Carson Valley attracted mostly Scandinavian and German immigrants, such as Fred Dangberg and Augustus Dressler, while the Truckee Meadows was settled mainly by Easterners and Midwesterners, such as Peleg Brown, Granville Huffaker and Grove
Holcomb. By the turn of the century, Italians had arrived. Louis Damonte was one such example: The once-penniless, illiterate teenager ended up owning over 7,000 acres of fertile farmland in the Truckee Meadows, including the iconic Brown ranch house built in 1864. Many descendants of those pioneer ranches assisted with this book, offering stories and photographs that help tell their fascinating story.

Walton-Buchanan, Holly. Land of the Buckaroo: Historic Ranches of Western Nevada. Jack Bacon & Company, 2013. Print