Land of the Buckaroo by Holly Walton-Buchanan

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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 domesticated by Spanish
farmers.  When the Conquistadores arrived in the New World in the 1500s,
they brought with them herds of livestock  that became the mainstay of
the economy of first Mexico and later the American West.  This book
traces the exploration and settlement of the western edge of the Great
Basin, where bountiful water from the Sierra Nevada attracted the first
ranchers to the verdant pastures along the base of the mountains.
Carson Valley became home to mostly Scandinavian and German immigrants,
such as Fred Dangberg and Augustus Dressler, while the Truckee Meadows
attracted mainly Easterners and Midwesterners, such as Peleg Brown,
Granville Huffaker and Grove Holcomb.  In the 1870s, alfalfa and potato
fields stretched across Western Nevada valleys, providing sustenance for
man and beast. During that golden age of agriculture, George Peckham,
Matt Callahan, John Sparks, Crissie Caughlin and Dan Wheeler -- among
many others -- established ranches and began to prosper.   By the turn
of the century, Italians had arrived, who sharecropped and later bought
unused ranch property.  Louis Damonte was one such example:  He arrived
as a penniless teenager and ended up owning over 7,000 acres of fertile
farmland in the Truckee Meadows, including the old Peleg Brown ranch.
This book is a tribute to those families who are still involved in
ranching or farming in some manner in Western Nevada, and who have
succeeded in surviving despite the advent of subdivisions and freeways.
Many descendants of those pioneer ranches assisted with this book,
offering stories and photographs that help tell their fascinating story.


Holly Walton-Buchanan, Ph.D. (University of Nevada,
Reno. 2003), grew up in Nevada. Her father's family has been involved in
ranching for over 100 years, from the Walton Ranch in Woodruff, UT, to
today's Walton Ranch in Jackson, WY. Holly was an educator in the Washoe
County School District and the Nevada Department of Education. A
long-time historic preservationist, Holly has written three previous
books about Reno's history: Education for Nevada: 117 Years of Teacher Education at the College of Education, University of Nevada, 1887-2004 (Black Rock, 2004), Historic Houses and Buildings of Reno, Nevada (Black Rock, 2007, 2009), and Mackay Memories: The First 100 Years of the Mackay School of Mines
(Jack Bacon, 2008). In 2011, Holly teamed up with Ben Damonte, Jr., to
tell the story of the iconic Damonte Ranch (founded in 1857). This led
to a broader story of how ranching began in the Truckee Meadows and the
Carson Valley. In the process, several descendants of pioneer ranching
families contributed the1r own stories and photographs, resulting in
this in-depth look at Nevada's ranching heritage.

Price: $39.95