Does the Ponderosa still exist?
If you’re a fan of the 60’s television show “Bonanza,” you’ll want to take a trip out to the actual Ponderosa Ranch (Yes, it really exists). This 600 acre ranch is located 35 miles southwest of Reno via Highway 28.
Was the Ponderosa a real place?
The Cartwrights rode horses across television sets against a backdrop of pine trees and picturesque mountains on the Ponderosa Ranch from 1959 to 1973. And while “Bonanza” was fictional, the ranch was not. The real Ponderosa Ranch, a sprawling 24-acre property in Nevada, looks a little different today.
Where did the name Ponderosa come from?
The indefatigable Scottish botanist and plant explorer David Douglas proposed the name Pinus ponderosa based on specimens he collected near the Spokane River in 1827. His name for the tree was published posthumously in 1836. Ponderosa is from the Latin ponderosus,meaning large, heavy, or weighty.