We're not a one to saddle up and run -- Bonanza!
Any one of us who starts a little fuss
Knows he can count on me
One for four, four for one
This we guarantee
We got a right to pick a little fight -- Bonanza!
If anyone fights any one of us
He's gotta fight with me!
Bet you didn't even know that the Bonanza theme song had lyrics! Well it does. And for many years, you could visit the Cartwright house in Incline Village, NV.
When my dad and I went to California for three weeks in 1988, one of our destinations was the Ponderosa Ranch. It's on the Northeastern shore of Lake Tahoe. I went again in 1990. It opened in 1967, at the height of the show's popularity, and closed in 2004. The land was owned by the Anderson family, who frequently had people show up on their property, asking to see 'The Ponderosa'. They seized the opportunity for a money making venture and contacted NBC and producer David Dortort to discuss opening up a theme park on the property. Only 15 episodes of the show were ever shot on this property, however. The rest were shot in Los Angeles, mostly on soundstages!
Hop Sing's kitchen.
There's ol' Ben!
The actual costumes worn by Dan 'Hoss' Blocker and Michael 'Little Joe' Landon.
The view of North Lake Tahoe from the ranch.
Also on the property was a replica of Virginia City.
There was also a chapel (not shown) where people could get married.
You could even get a Hoss burger for lunch if you were so 'inclined' (see what I did there?). I was not. lol
Unfortunately the land was purchased by a billionaire software developer in 2004 and closed the theme park. The son of the original ranch owner sold it because the land value was so high. It's a shame that, as usual, the dollar means more than sentimentality. Supposedly a 'new and improved' theme park was planned but nothing has been done, and the last I heard, it was sitting there empty. I just hope they don't raze the buildings and turn it into a parking lot or strip mall.