Attention Ranchers and Farmers! Don’t Miss Tuesday’s Lecture!

How Ranches Helped Create the New State of Nevada:  Miners and Railroad Workers Thrived on Meat and Vegetables Raised by the State’s First Settlers.”  Prospectors flooding into Virginia City in the 1860s ate surprisingly well, thanks to the food being raised in the lush valleys at the foot of the Sierra Nevada.  Carson Valley and the Truckee Meadows were home to large ranches established by emigrants lured by the California Gold Rush in 1849. After the mines declined, the ranches turned to shipping beef from Reno to Omaha and San Francisco on the Transcontinental Railroad.  As a result, Reno became the center of a vast agricultural empire in Western Nevada, which included farms in the Fallon area after Derby Dam was built in 1905.

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