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The Ponderosa - The richest, largest spread this side of the Rockies on the western adventure BONANZA/NBC/1959-73.

Bonanza's Ponderosa Map

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 feet.

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" (Dan Blocker).

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.Ponderosa Brand 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. See also RANCHES - "The Ponderosa"


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