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Adobe Haybarn scaffolding

Adobe Haybarn Stabilization Underway

On-site work on the stabilization of the historic Adobe Hay Barn, which is being done under a Federal contract with Statistical Research, Inc., is well underway and should be completed by the end of April.  The project has two primary parts: creating a steel framework that will improve the stability of the roof and its attachment to the walls; and repairing and strengthening the foundations and the soils around them.  Read a full description of the project in the February 2015 newsletter.

For a cumulative summary of preservation projects underway and completed since 2000, click here.

Posted 2/8/2015

Volunteer Days

Dedicated volunteers have been key to preserving the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters. Volunteer Days for hands-on preservation activities at the ranch are held generally on the third Saturday of February, April, June, August, and October.  Join us on Saturday, February 21st from 8am to noon for the first volunteer day of 2015. To volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!

Click here to view photos of the October 18th volunteer day.

Post updated 10/21/2014

ERF in the Rodeo Parade!

The Empire Ranch Foundation will, once again, have a float in the 2015 La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo Parade! Watch the parade live in person or on TV on Thursday, February 26. Don’t miss this remarkable Tucson tradition! Thanks to the generosity of members of the ERF Advisory Committee and Board of Directors, the Foundation was able to move forward with our participation.  Special thanks to Lucinda Iverson for chairing the ERF Rodeo Parade Committee, and to Emil Franzi, for spearheading the fundraising effort!

Posted 2/2/2015


T14Alderman,Roger-Back in the Day

Empire 100 Western Art Show and Sale

The opening reception for the 15th annual Empire 100 Art Show and Sale will take place on Sunday, March 29 from 2-5 pm and the show will run through Sunday, April 19 at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road (at Sabino Canyon).  For more information about the art show, click here. To request an invitation to the opening reception click here.

Click here for the 2015 Artist Participation information.  Important art show dates are available here.

Updated 2/4/2015

Spring Trail Ride

Sign up soon to join us on Saturday, April 4, for our widely popular 2015 Spring Trail Ride and barbecue at the Empire Ranch. It’s a once-a-year opportunity to ride or roll through the expansive grasslands and superb scenery of the Empire’s landscape, while learning about ranch history from knowledgeable ERF
volunteers.  Click here for more information about the Trail Ride and for registration forms.

Posted 2/5/2015
Low water crossing, Empire Ranch Road, 2015

Las Cienegas Road Project

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) road improvement project in Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (LCNCA) will lead to a temporary increase in heavy truck traffic on surrounding highways. Beginning Jan. 19 and lasting until March 1, BLM expects up to 80 trucks per day will use State Routes 82 and 83 to haul aggregate and other materials to the project.

The BLM is rehabilitating, resurfacing and restoring 11 miles of BLM Route 6900 (Empire Ranch Road), beginning at State Route 83 and ending at State Route 82 east of Sonoita. Upon completion, the 3-mile double lane portion from State Route 83 to Empire Ranch Headquarters will have a new chip-sealed pavement surface, upgraded cattle guards, a new concrete low-water crossing and improved erosion control. The 8-mile single lane segment north of Highway 82 will receive similar improvements, but feature a fresh aggregate surface.   Empire Ranch Road remains open during construction, but some delays may be encountered.  Click here for additional information on the project.

Posted 1/21/2015

Become an ERF Docent!

Docent Training took place on January 31st despite some very rainy weather. The ERF is lucky to have newly trained docents available to help visitors explore the rich history of the Empire Ranch. Click here to check out our photos of the day!

Updated 1/4/2015

What is a Manta?

What is a manta? The muslin installed across part of the ceiling of Room 6 of the Empire Ranch House is called a manta. Mantas were commonly used in adobe structures with earthen roofs to protect occupants from falling dirt from the roof. There is no historical evidence that a manta was ever used in this room, but other Ranch House rooms do have evidence of manta use. This manta was added to protect the Cowboy Life exhibit, especially the display case, from dirt which filters down from the original earthen roof above the ceiling boards.

For a cumulative summary of preservation projects underway and completed since 2000, click here.

Posted 2/8/2015
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