Minden, the seat of Douglas County since 1916, was named for a town in Westphalia, Germany, where the founder of H.F. Dangberg Land and Livestock Company, was born in 1829.  The company established Minden in 1905 to provide terminal facilities for the Virginia and Truckee Railway, which was then extending a branch line southward from Carson City.  The passenger and freight depot was situated at this point.

Principal promoter of the town, and its related development, was H.F. Dangberg Jr., secretary of the company and son of the founder.

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