On May 13th Elgin School 6th and 7th grade students and their teachers arrived at the Empire Ranch to learn about Arizona’s rich ranching heritage. This year’s instructional sessions included horsehair braiding, roping, biscuit making and horse care. Their hearty lunch of brisket, tortillas and beans was accompanied by the music of Janice Deardorff.
Click here to view photos of Legacy Day activities.
The primary phase of stabilizing the historic Adobe Haybarn structure is complete! In early April, Statistical Research Inc. completed their contract work and removed interior scaffolding and bracing
from the structure. The exterior security fence has also been removed. Read a full description of the project in the May 2015 newsletter.
For a cumulative summary of preservation projects underway and completed since 2000, click here.
May marks the start of our membership drive for the Foundation’s 2015-2016 membership
year. There are not many historic ranches left in the west and with your help we can continue to protect and preserve the Empire Ranch for future generations to enjoy.
We hope you will renew your membership or join as new member. To join via this website, click here. Or call 888-364-2829 to process your membership by phone.
To read more about ongoing events at the Empire Ranch, read the May 2015 Newsletter.
The 5th annual Western Movies at The Loft Event on August 12th will feature John Wayne’s last movie, The Shootist, costarring Lauren Bacall, James Stewart and Ron Howard, and directed by Don Siegel. Filmed in 1976 John plays an aging gunfighter, with terminal cancer, seeking a way to die with dignity. The lobby reception begins at 6pm, followed at 7pm by a presentation from our special guest, Miles Swarthout, son of Glendon Swarthout who wrote the novel on which the movie is based. Click here for more information about ticket prices and event details.
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, August 15th from 8am to noon. To volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!
As a result of a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) road improvement project in Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (LCNCA) the Empire Ranch road (BLM Route 6900) from Highway 83 to the Empire Ranch Headquarters is now paved! The remainder of the road from the Headquarters south to Highway 82 now features a fresh aggregate surface.
Charities in the area, including the Empire Ranch Foundation, are selling tickets with each charity keeping 100% of the proceeds raised. Click here to purchase your tickets now!
You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for the ERF Trail Ride! Over 50 mounted riders and wagon riders joined us for a fantastic day at the Empire. Click here to view photos taken by board member Sally Reichardt.
The opening reception for the 15th annual Empire 100 Art Show and Sale on Sunday, March 29 from 2-5 pm was a great success. Click here to see photos of the opening reception. The show ran through Sunday, April 19 at the Tucson Desert Art Museum; at closing seventeen art works, valued at over $16,000 had sold. Click here to see images of the wonderful art still available for purchase.