1880’s to Steampunk

In August 1876, Walter Vail and Herbert Hislop purchased a 160-acre homestead in Sonoita, Arizona, that became the heart of the Empire Ranch. On January 30, 2016, from 6 to 10 pm, we kicked-off the year long anniversary celebration with a new event – “From 1880’s to Steampunk” – at the Savoy Opera House at Trail Dust Town in Tucson.

Guests enjoyed a traditional Saloon party complete with Old West gambling tables, music and dancing girls, a Whiskey tasting, and authentic saloon fare. Doc Holliday was on hand for a “historical” game of Faro.  The handsome saloon was filled with happy guests, many dressed “to the nines” in Cowboy, Victorian, and Steampunk outfits.

An exciting live auction, with special thanks to auctioneer Pat Chacon, of an original Johan Gericke painting, a handmade turquoise and precious gem necklace by Kim Yubeta, a MB200 dirt bike, and two ERF Trail Ride registrations with horse rental raised $1,775 for the ERF!

Thanks so much to our sponsors and auction donors:

  • Boot Barn
  • Pat Chacon
  • Del Bac Whiskey
  • Johan Gericke
  • Nelson and Sherry Secor
  • Kim Yubeta

Click here to view many photos of this wonderful event.  Our 140th Anniversary is off to a wonderful start!