The Empire Ranch Foundation (ERF) is a non-profit 501c3 volunteer organization that was established in 1997.
Acting in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the purpose of the Foundation is to protect, restore and sustain the Empire Ranch historical buildings and landscape as an outstanding western heritage and education center.
Twelve enthusiastic students participated in the 2017 Youth Engaged Stewardship (YES!) program at Las Cienegas NCA. The students met with BLM historic preservationist Chris Schrager to survey land within the conservation area for historical artifacts and potential evidence of an apple orchard which existed near the Ranch headquarters in the early 1900s. The students obtained tree trunk samples, to be compared with images of Continue Reading »
Relive the Old West at the 13th Annual Roundup & Open House at the Historic Empire Ranch on Saturday, Nov. 2.
We need the hands of many to maintain and restore the Empire Ranch. Join us Saturday, Aug 10 at the Empire Ranch.
Ranch House structural improvements recently completed include securing the roof framework to the tops of the walls in the Victorian Addition, the Ranch Manager’s Quarters, and Pantry. Clay-rich dirt, quarried from a site used for previous material, was cast into replacement adobe bricks which are now curing in the area of the former swimming pool. Continue Reading »