What a great day at the Empire Ranch. For photos of the day, visit our album of photos on the Empire Ranch Foundation Facebook page here.
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Post updated 4/7/2014
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. To volunteer, please complete and submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!
The Cowboy Life exhibit is now a permanent display in Rooms 3 & 6 in the northeast section of the Ranch House. Room 3, where the cowboys bunked, has been outfitted with an iron bed similar to those once used, and several chaps and other cowboy wear are on display in the closet. In Room 6 a Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. display case, originally used in the General Store in the town of Fairbank, AZ, is full of interesting tools of the trade such as bridles, branding irons, and spurs.
Allow time to browse the binder that includes photos of and oral history quotes from former cowboys, relatives and family owners. Peruse the census records (1880-1940) of who was living and working at the Empire Ranch and enjoy photos of many of those listed.
Work has started on the stabilization of the Adobe Hay Barn! Statistical Research Inc. (SRI), the successful contractor, has erected scaffolding inside the structure and installed security fencing outside. Most of the work early this year will involve having SRI finalize their design, which will be reviewed by BLM and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Once it’s been approved, work should be underway in late spring. Planning for the replacement roof for the Feed Barn continues, with details of the plan being brought up to BLM agency standards. We still hope to have both barns stable and usable by the 2014 Empire Ranch Roundup on November 1.
For a cumulative summary of preservation projects underway and completed since 2000, click here.
The Cienega Watershed Partnership (CWP), including the Empire Ranch Foundation, recently received the Department of the Interior’s 2013 Partners in Conservation Awards for exemplary conservation results through cooperation and community engagement. CWP was nominated for the award by the BLM for three projects that promote understanding and stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. ERF was recognized for its participation in the CWP’s Oral History Work Group to collect and transcribe oral history interviews to encourage cultural preservation of the region. We are most grateful for this honor and national recognition. To learn more about our oral history program, click here.