Empire Ranch Nostalgia

Red House

As I come upon the Red House near Hole #2 on the Comstock Course, I can't help but remember the little city that became a refuge and oasis for the wagon trains destined for California.  Empire City also helped our nation prosper during the "Gold Rush" days. Built on the Carson River, Empire City, in its earliest days, gave comfort to the courageous yet weary emigrants traveling west. They would stay long enough to resupply and regain their strength and spirit for the last leg of their journey over the Sierras into California.

Later, nearby Virginia City was growing and timber became essential for fuel, digging mines and constructing buildings . Soon, Empire City became the recovery depot for millions of feet of timber which were cut from the Sierra Nevada forest. Loggers would float the logs down the nearby Carson River to Empire City. The giant logs were then loaded onto wagons and hauled to Virginia City by 8 to 10 mule wagon teams. Later on the logs were transported by rail cars on the historic Virginia & Truckee railroad, which has recently been reopened for tourist rides.

Soon after gold and silver were found on the Comstock the first quartz mill, called the Mexican, was built in Empire City, on the Carson River. The Morgan Mill came shortly after that. Then over the next few years several others followed. For many years the thunderous noise of the mills and the roar of the train rang out day and night, keeping this important yet small town and the people very busy.

The population of Empire City reached a peak in the early 1870's of 350 to 400 people. It had two general stores, a dance hall, four saloons and a school house that taught 40 to 50 children. In 1886, the V & T railroad built a station to accommodate all of the traffic. Later, when the Comstock declined and the mills slowly started to close, Empire City began to diminish and eventually was taken back by the desert. The immense mills, the homes, the stores, the businesses and then eventually the school house were all gone. The Red House stands as a monument and reminder that their was an Empire City full of industrious friendly folks who reached out to others in need. In its day, Empire City added a large supply of gold and silver to the economy, which helped the area and nation prosper.

The Red House was built to accommodate the superintendent of the Mexican Mill and still stands as a landmark of Empire City. It is now a very proud part of our Empire Ranch Golf Course.

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"YES," we said it! Don't stress!
Thanksgiving Dinner?
Holiday Party? Luncheon?
New Year's Eve Dance?

Let us bring our delicious
food to you with our
affordable catering services
or choose from one of our
indoor or outdoor venues.
Employees? Family? Friends?
Let our professional staff
make it an ideal holiday!
Call Kristy, our experienced
Event Specialist

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
Kiwanis Carson City
you to the First Annual...
Know It. Fight It. End It.
Fight Pancreatic Cancer
Golf Tournament
to be
held at Empire Ranch
On  Sept 20, 2014
5 k Walk/Run & Bench Press
6  Golf Divisions $75 entry
Benefitting the Pancreatic
Cancer Action Network
& the Carson City Kiwanis
Scholarship Fund.

Contact: Stevan Lyon @
or Robey Willis @
Applications available
 at Empire Ranch Golf Course 

Begins at 5:30 pm

Monday Night Football dinner buffet for only $10  
Reduced buffet price for children 10 and under. Appetizers available.
Beer specials and raffle prizes too! A chance to win an annual golf pass.
Gaming at our full bar. Six beers on tap.
Watch the games on our TEN Large Screen TV's!!!
Family friendly.
Why go anywhere else?

Golf Specials at Empire!

Family Friendly Sundays!!!

Kids play free with an 
adult fully paid green fee.
(After 12:00 p.m.)

Awesome Tuesdays!!!
Play Golf for only....
$25 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Thursday Fun Days!!!
Ladies Day and
Men's Skins Game

Raffle Fridays!!!
Five raffle prizes 
will be given away.
See the pro shop
for further details.

Beginning now, (August 7, 2014 through December 31, 2014)
Purchase your Ranch Card for ONLY $100 
See the pro shop for more details.


- Four rounds free (includes cart)
- Every eleventh round free
- $25 rounds April-October (non-member rate $45)
- Winter rates $20
- 10% off all pro shop merchandise
- Fun Ranch Card member tournaments through out the year

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* Beer on tap * Full Bar * Ten Large Screen TV's * Gaming * 
*Open 7 days a week for Breakast and Lunch * Daily Specials *
Six different varieties on tap: Sierra NV Pale Ale,
Icky, Stella, Shock Top, Bud Light, and Coors Light.
We also have one of the largest selections of can and bottled beers.
Make everyone happy and choose Empire Ranch Golf Course and Mallards Restaurant.
Eat lunch while overlooking our beautiful lush greens and panoramic view of the Sierras. 
Have your business breakfast or luncheon with us!

Make your to go orders "easy"
Request our menu to be emailed
to your home, office or cell.
Please send your email to:
Subject: "Mallards Menu"

Just a few favorites...

*The Marshall's Special
Traditional BLT with 
3 Bacon Strips, two eggs 
over hard and your choice
Melted Cheese.  $6.99

*Empire Burger
Our half pound Angus 
Beef Patty with lettuce,
tomato, onion and mayo.

*Rodeo Beef Wrap
Tri-tip beef, Havarti Cheese,
Jalapeno Bacon, Carmelized
Onions, fresh bell peppers,
@ Chipotle Ranch.

*Empire Wrap
Grilled chicken, avocado,
bacon, tomatoes, ranch,
Swiss Cheese. $ 6.99

*Savory Chicken Fried Steak
with Mallard's Certified Angus
All Beef Patty, served with
two eggs your style, Home Fries,
and your choice of toast. $8.99

Churches can sign up for
our 10 % back program
called:   "Four or More"
Eat breakfast or lunch with
Four or More in your group
and let our staff know that
you are participating in our
Four or More Program.
Your church will receive a
check for 10% of your total
purchase at the end of the
quarter. Please email:
for more information or call