Twaddle-Pedroli Ranch

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Twaddle--Pedroli Ranch
Old ranch at Wilson Commons Park.jpg
Wilson Commons Park, 2010
Twaddle-Pedroli Ranch is located in Nevada
Twaddle-Pedroli Ranch
Twaddle-Pedroli Ranch is located in the US
Twaddle-Pedroli Ranch
Location Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Nearest city Carson City, Nevada
Coordinates 39°16′4″N 119°50′6″W / 39.26778°N 119.83500°W / 39.26778; -119.83500Coordinates: 39°16′4″N 119°50′6″W / 39.26778°N 119.83500°W / 39.26778; -119.83500
Built 1860
Architectural style Agricultural utilitarian
NRHP Reference # 00000340
Added to NRHP April 06, 2000[1]

The Twaddle-Pedroli Ranch, also known as the Jackson-Harp Ranch, Rand Property and the Wilson Commons Ranch, was purchased by John Twaddle in 1869 for $5,000. The ranch, several miles to the north of Franktown, Nevada and adjacent to the Bowers Mansion, was then known as the Sturtevant Ranch. The property amounted to 630 acres (250 ha).[2]

John Twaddle sold the ranch in 1885 to the brothers Stefano and Anselmo Pedroli for $3,000. The Pedrolis were Swiss born Italian speakers who had worked as cattlemen in the Washoe Valley. After buying out Anselmo, Stefano developed a dairy business, shipping fresh milk and cheese to miners working the Comstock Lode. Pedroli's son, William, took over the ranch on Stefano's death in 1924.[2]

On July 7, 1943, Eleanor Roosevelt visited the ranch while on a walk with her friend Gertrude Pratt, who was passing a period of residency at the Tumbling DW Ranch in order to obtain a divorce.[2]

The Pedroli Ranch passed in 1948 to Harp Brothers, Inc. and was managed by John Jackson. The Willson/Rand family then owned the property from 1956 to 1986. In danger of commercial development, the property was purchased by the Washoe County Parks Department in 1986, under the stipulation that it be known as the Wilson-Commons Ranch., and became a county park. The park comprises only 25 acres (10 ha), with 5 acres (2.0 ha) comprising the historic core of the ranch.[2]

The structures do not include the main ranch house, which did not retain significant historic integrity and was demolished in 1998. Remaining structures include a horse barn, chicken house, dairy house, bunk house, tack house, and a privy, constructed by the Works Progress Administration in 1938-39 as part of the Nevada Fly-proof Privy Program. Several corrals also remain.[2]

The property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Francke, Bernadette S. (October 21, 1999). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Twaddle-Pedroli Ranch" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 

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