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Gardner’s Ranch

Gardner’s Ranch

Gardner’s Ranch Overview

From 1870 until a fire in 1918, this site contained Matthew Culbertson Gardner’s home and ranch.

The lumberyard for the Carson-Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company, which had the only standard gauge logging railroad in the Tahoe Basin, was also located here during that time.


  1. Lumber
  2. Railroad
  3. Ranching/Farming

Marker Type

Blue Marker

Nevada Historical Marker Number

Gardner’s Ranch is Nevada Historical Marker 194.

Carson City is home to 26 Nevada State Historical Markers and the links to each are below for you to research to see if you want to add to your exploration list.

  1. #1 Empire and the Carson River Mills
  2. #25 Nevada’s Capitol
  3. #44 Carson City
  4. #70 Bliss Mansion
  5. #71 Methodist Church of Carson City
  6. #72 Nevada State Children’s Home
  7. #75 Federal Government Building (1888- 1970)
  8. #76 Eagle Valley
  9. #77 Dat-So-La-Lee
  10. #78 Orion Clemens Home
  11. #91 Stewart Indian School
  12. #134 Trans-Sierran Pioneer Flight
  13. #175 Stewart – Nye Residence
  14. #179 First Air Flight Over Nevada
  15. #180 The Warm Springs Hotel and Nevada State Prison
  16. #181 Washoe Indians
  17. #193 Historic Flume and Lumberyard
  18. #194 Gardner’s Ranch
  19. #196 The United States Mint Carson City, Nevada
  20. #213 Lakeview
  21. #235 Camp Nye
  22. #243 Corbett-Fitzsimmon Fight
  23. #250 State Printing Building
  24. #252 Rinckel Mansion
  25. #258 Charles W. Friend House, Observatory & Weather Station
  26. #259 The Governor’s Mansion

Click here to view the full list of Nevada State Historical Markers.


Carson City, Nevada

GPS Coordinates

39.152929, -119.767267

Nevada Historical Marker Transcription

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 the meadows to the southward.

Here was located, 1870 to 1898, the Carson-Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company large lumberyard here.  During the 1870s and 1880s, 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 ground once shaded the Gardner family.




References Used

Gardner’s Ranch