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"The Cartwright family lived on the Ponderosa." (original answer)
My answer: While the Cartwright family did live on their ranch, the Ponderosa on the television show, "Bonanza", the show actually had nothing in common with the actual Bonanza Farms of the late 1800's. Bonanza is a Spanish term meaning "good weather" and refers to a source/time of sudden great wealth.
Bonanza Farms were large farms that actually came about as a result of the failed financial investments of the Northern Pacific Railroad. In the 1860's a group of entrepreneurs from the East Coast were given the largest government land grand in history to build a railroad reaching to the west coast of the United States. Those entrepreneurs engaged Jay Cooke, a wealthy financier, to help support the project. The project was successful and the Northern Pacific reached Fargo ND in 1872. Shortly thereafter, Jay Cooke's financial institutions - and the railroad project - went bankrupt - leaving the original investors "holding the bag" so to speak. The Northern Pacific Railroad now had no assets other than the great amounts of land obtained from the government land grand. This land was sold in large parcels to wealthy investors to raise funds for the railroad to pay its debts and to continue the construction of the railroad to the west coast. These wealthy investors became the absentee owners of thousands of acres of land, mainly in the Red River Valley of Minnesota and the Dakota Territory. Hired managers and foremen operated the farms, hiring a permanent crew of workers who lived on the farm. During the busy seasons of planting and harvest, they also hired a large number of migrant workers. These farms were very successful and profitable and quickly made the Red River Valley the largest wheat-producing area in the United States. With time, over-farming exhausted the land, crop production in drought years was poor, and the cheap migrant labor became harder to acquire. These large farms that produced only one crop were not able to weather the booms and busts of grain markets and were no longer profitable enterprises. The land was sold off to smaller farmers and the era of the Bonanza farm ended in the 1920's. A restored Bonanza farm still exists near Mooreton ND, where tourists can explore the various buildings on the Bagg Bonanza Farm and see many of the household and farm items used when the farm was in its prime.
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What was the father's name on Bonanza?

The role of Ben Cartwright was played by Lorne Greene.

Who was the father in Bonanza?

Lorne Greene played the part of Ben Cartwright.

What is bonanza in Spanish?

  Bonanza - is a spanish word meaning abundance of..........well being, money,crops,good life ect.

What is Birchwood Bonanza crockery?

birchwood is (maybe was) a decent English pottery manufacturer. bonanza is a pattern, dating around 1910. it features pheasants in a birch wood with other fairl typical motifs

Where was Bonanza filmed?

In various places in the L.A. area and Truckee and Lake Tahoe area.

Who were the actors on bonanza?

Ben Cartwright- Lorne Green Adam Cartwright- Pernell Robrts Hoss Cartwright- Dan Blocker Little Joe Cartwright- Michael Landon

What is a bonanza?

A bonanza (from bonacia, a fortuitously calm sea) can be a windfall, bounty or riches. The term was applied to a valuable ore vein or lode, and metaphorically to any other s

How did Bonanza end?

The writers and the rest of the cast and crew did not know that the series would be canceled so there never was really an ending. It's too bad that such a long running program