Peter Dalton Ranch, Barn, 9005 South Virginia Street, Reno, Washoe County, NV
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9005 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS NV-22-C
Building/structure dates: 1868 initial construction
Significance: The Dalton-Ferretto Ranch is eligible to the National Register as a district; the four major buildings and the ten outbuildings located on approximately six acres with fencing, an orchard, and other landscape features form an intact late nineteenth century and early twentieth century ranch complex. This ranch is one of the few extant Truckee Meadows ranches. The ranch is eligible under criterion A. Ranching was the major industry in the Truckee Meadows from shortly after gold was discovered on the Comstock until the middle of the twentieth century. At the turn-of-the-century, agriculture was the largest industry in Washoe County and Reno was the largest city in Nevada. The ranch was owned by Peter Dalton from 1870 to 1910 and Joseph Ferretto and family from 1912 to the present. Dalton cultivated hay and grain, raised cattle, and conducted a dairy. The Ferretto family, an important Italian family in the area, purchased the property in 1912 and Joseph Ferretto ran the ranch. The ranch produced mostly alfalfa and wheat and fed beef cattle during the winter. The barn, circa 1868, is one of the few 19th century vernacular barns extant in the Truckee Meadows. Built using a heavy timber post and beam structural frame with mortised, notched, and pegged connections, it is typical of the barns which were common from the 1860s through the 1880s.
Fisher, Martin, Photographer
Koval, Ana B., Historian
Boyne, Katharine, Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. VIEW OF BARN FACING NORTH.
2. VIEW OF BARN FACING NORTHWEST.
3. VIEW OF BARN FACING NORTHEAST.
4. VIEW OF BARN FACING EAST.
5. INTERIOR VIEW OF HORSE STALLS IN WEST SIDE OF BARN.
6. DETAIL OF BARN CONSTRUCTION, WOODEN PEGS.
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