is a twin-city population center extending from one mile north of the junction of State Route 88 with U.S. 395 then continues southeasterly for a distance of 10 miles through the community.

The main town centers are located along both sides of a 4 mile stretch of U.S. 395 which is Railroad Avenue through Minden, becoming Main Street through Gardnerville.

Along both sides of U.S. 395 for a few miles north of Minden are suburban and rural subdivisions and the Douglas County Airport.

Minden is the political seat of Douglas County. Both towns have councils that are basically governed by the county commissioners.

The four mile stretch through Minden and Gardnerville contains the heaviest concentration of commercial, both tourist oriented and local, development. The new Douglas County High School is located at the north end of Minden. Other schools are contained within the town centers and major subdivisions.

Included among the various local and tourist oriented commercial enterprise is a major attraction to the area, the Carson Valley Hotel‑Casino on the north side of U.S. 395 in Minden. The other large casino in the area is Sharkey's in downtown Gardnerville.

In recent years, many new developments, including shopping centers, shopping complexes and office buildings, all of good quality, attractive design and appearance have been erected along Highway 395. Commercial development is on‑going with good demand existing for prime commercial sites.

There are numerous residential subdivisions within a five mile radius of the town center, involving moderate to upper value range residential construction. A steadily growing population basically consists of retirees and those looking for the less active life‑styles of major population centers. The population has grown from 13,000 to over 16,000 in the past ten years. 20% of the population is over 55, with approximately 50% between 25 and 40 years of age.

There is no local transportation system. Residents rely on personal conveyance for local travel. Major bus lines provide long distance travel from the area.

The Minden‑Gardnerville area is located 15 miles south of Nevada's Capital city of Carson, and 60+ miles south of the metropolitan area of Reno which is the second largest population center in the State of Nevada, having an estimated 300,000 residents. Interstate 80 traverses Reno in an east‑west direction, connecting with the San Francisco Bay Area 250 miles to the west and traversing the State of Nevada northeasterly, connecting to Salt Lake City, 600+ miles distance.

The world famous Lake Tahoe recreation area is located 10 miles west of Minden via SR207 over the Carson Mountain Range. Douglas County at the Nevada‑California state lines is heavily improved with numerous large hotel ­casinos which are a major attraction with a multitude of summer and winter recreational facilities in the lake basin.

U.S. 395 south out of the area is through Coleville, Bridgeport and Lee Vining into Bishop, California, 200+ miles distance. U.S. 395 then provides passage through the Mojave Desert into Southern California and the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Basically, the subject is in a rural, mountain surrounded setting providing a good standard of rural and suburban oriented living for residents and visitors.