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Nevada Historical Marker

Gardner's Ranch

Nevada State Historical Marker
Carson City
      On this site in the period from 1870 until 1918 stood the ornate, two-story home of Matthew Culbertson Gardner, rancher and lumberman. The residence was headquarters for Gardner's 300- acre ranch in meadows to the southwest. Here was located, 1870-1898, the Carson-Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company's large lumberyard. During the 1870's and 1880's, Gardner logged south of Lake Tahoe for the company and built the only standard-gauge logging railroad in the Tahoe Basin. He maintained his home here. Gardner died in 1908. The residence was destroyed by a fire August 20, 1918. Many of the old trees on the grounds once shaded the Gardner family.