The ranch was named after the Ponderosa pine,
one of the most widely distributed pines in
western North America. The ponderosa pine
reaches heights of 180 feet with diameters of 4
The Ponderosa ranch was the family home of the
Cartwright family headed by patriarch Ben
Cartwright, (Lorne Greene) and his grown
half-sons, Adam (Pernell Roberts), Joseph
"Little Joe" (Michael Landon) and Eric "Hoss"
According to the map seen at the beginning of
each episode, this 1000 square mile timberland
ranch was located in the Comstock Lode country
between Virginia City and Carson City on the
north and the shores of Lake Tahoe on the south.
The ranch's cattle brand was a stick figure of a
Ponderosa pine tree.
Ranch hands earned $30 a month which included a
bunk house bed and all the grub they could eat.
The Ponderosa was also featured in the NBC
TV-Movie remakes Bonanza: The Return
(1993); Bonanza: Under Attack (1995) and
the short-lived prequel series PONDEROSA/PAX/2001-2002.
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