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Empire Ranch – Sonoita, Arizona (GA36)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 22nd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort at Acton, California. I’m expecting to depart here March 27th.

 

 

Since my RVing life is changing (see above), I’m starting to re-visit previously visited places. So rather than constantly re-blogging past entries, I’ve decided to do something different.

 

 

In 2012-2013, Mary and I did a 682 day, 12,679 miles in the motorhome and 8,000 miles in the Bronco, circumnavigation of the United States, which I called The Great Adventure. I called it so because other than my oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in June in Connecticut, I didn’t know where we would be going or when we would be there!

 

 

So, unless I do something really different and unusual warranting a new blog entry, I’ll be posting entries from that trip.

 

 

 

This entry was posted March 1, 2012…

 

 

 

Yesterday Mary and I drove the motorhome  from Lake Patagonia about 40 miles to the Empire Ranch near Sonoita, Arizona. The ranch house was once headquarters for a cattle ranch that was more that 1,000,000 acres. It’s really out in the toolies about 50 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona and on the high desert grasslands at about elevation 4, 500 feet.

 

 

Here’s a Google Earth image…

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the ranch…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_Ranch

 

 

 

Today the ranch is about 45,000 acres and under the protection of the Bureau of Land Management. Here’s their link…
http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/ncarea/lascienegas.html

 

 

 

Here are some photos that I took…

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see the other 40 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/EmpireRanchSonoitaArizona

 

 

After the about 1.5 hour visit to the ranch, we drove about another 35 miles to Sierra Vista, Arizona where we are parked at VFW Post 9972.

 

 

 

 

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW…!!!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/empire-ranch/

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was mostly sunny and 84 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 79 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2017

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Empire Ranch, Sonoita, Arizona

The motorhome is parked in Mary’s yard at her home at Murphys, California. My departure date to head South is now set for December 2nd. About one month later Mary will fly to meet me in Yuma, Arizona.

The cleaning  and minor work on the Bronco is now completed. After our 682 day journey, they were both ready for some attention. Both are now in near-showroom condition. The only thing awaiting my attention is re-stocking the motorhome and assisting Mary with some of her house chores.

Yesterday was a mostly sunny day at 61 degrees.  Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 63 degrees.

A CHANGE…

I’ve decided that my current daily activity (preparing the motorhome for my December 2nd departure) is not really all that exciting to read or see. I’ve further decided to share with you some of the photos from our 2011-2013, 682 days of circumnavigating the United States.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_Ranch

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Empire Ranch, Sonoita, Arizona

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS. UNLESS I DID SOMETHING UNIQUE OR UNUSUAL YESTERDAY, THE PHOTO ALBUM WILL CHANGE DAILY.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013

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EMPIRE RANCH

Though named for the nearby Empire mountain, this ranch was once  spread over a million acres.  Grasslands so vast and profitable during the big beef bonanza days, the ranch made fortunes for its owners.  A cattle empire.

It started modestly enough, with a 16o acre homestead owned by William Wakefield who built this adobe, a flat-roofed building with packed dirt floors and four rooms  between 1871 and 1874,  as near as anyone can pinpoint.  Added onto over the years, The roof changed, flooring installed, electricity and other amenities came with subsequent owners.

 

Adobe was the right material for the day and this adobe  and beam framed  barn is still in good shape from a later era.

Vail and Hislop purchased the ranch and expanded by purchasing ranches around them.  They added a bunk house, a cook house and a wood frame building for themselves.  Hilsop returned to England and sold his shares to Vail who continued to expand and buy more livestock  until it became the largest cattle operation in the region.

 

A huge adobe barn, that once survived a fire is in rough shape but scheduled for restoration with adobe bricks.

A beam framed feeding station for the horses that road up to the bunkhouse at the end of the day.

A hitching post attached to the bunk house was a handy place to park and unsaddle.

Water came from wells.

Heat from fireplaces. The old frame house, and adobe bunk house is in rough shape as it waits for restoration.

This is what the small dining area looked like in its day. (A photo of the photo over the fireplace above.)

In the bunk house, doors were pulled open with a  simple  leather strap and locked with a simple slide bolt.

The house, however, has a fancy door knob and key lock. When the Boice family bought the ranch in 1929, Mary Boice was considered as good a rider and ranch hand as two cowboys.

During the western movie making heyday, the ranch was a perfect setting.  The photo below shows John Wayne at the ranch with Mary Boice  and a couple of ranch hands.

 

Boice sold in 1969 to Gulf American, a land development company.  In 1988, the Bureau of Land Management acquired the what was left of the ranch lands through a public-private land swap and it is now a 48,000 preserve designated Empire Cienega Resource Conservation Area.  And the Empire Ranch portion of about 2,000 acres is on the National Register of Historic Places. A foundation formed to restore the ranch buildings holds fundraising events every year. A spring trail ride that takes place in April every year. April 7th is the date for 2012 with wagon rides for the kids, and a steak barbeque afterward.  They hold a Western Heritage program for children from 9 to 17 years. This one is June 4-9, 2012. And a western art competition and  show that raises money for restoration and I don’t have a date for that.

There are still cattle working on this ranch. They allow hunting for elk and deer, but, not prairie dogs. It would be nice to horse-back out and check the various features of this fabulous place, and you can make arrangements to do that. Empire Ranch is located near Sonoita, AZ .  It was a picture-taking bonanza with plenty of weathered wood and old adobe. Enjoyable visit with camping on another part of the BLM land. We didn’t venture past the homestead.

 

 

 

 

 

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Empire Ranch, Sonoita, Arizona

Yesterday Mary and I drove the motorhome  from Lake Patagonia about 40 miles to the Empire Ranch near Sonoita, Arizona. The ranch house was once headquarters for a cattle ranch that was more that 1,000,000 acres. It’s really out in the toolies about 50 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona and on the high desert grasslands at about elevation 4, 500 feet.

Here’s a Google Earth image…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the ranch…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_Ranch

Here’s another really good link about the history of the ranch…
http://www.empireranchfoundation.org/RanchInfo.htm

Today the ranch is about 45,000 acres and under the protection of the Bureau of Land Management. Here’s their link…
http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/ncarea/lascienegas.html

Many Western movies have been filmed on the Empire Ranch. Click this link to see the list…
http://www.empireranchfoundation.org/PDFdocs/WesternsFilmedAroundEmpireRanch.pdf

Here are some photos that I took…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view...

To see the other 40 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/EmpireRanchSonoitaArizona

After the about 1.5 hour visit to the ranch, we drove about another 35 miles to Sierra Vista, Arizona where we are parked at VFW Post 9972.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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