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  • Online Gift Shop

    …You can now shop online for ERF Gift Shop items. Your purchase helps preserve and protect the Empire Ranch! Items for sale include Empire Ranch Foundation denim shirts, t-shirts and books, souvenir coffee cups, Western jewelry and an ever changing offering of gifts for youngsters and seniors – and everyone else in between! Click here to start shopping. Posted 7/11/2021…

  • Newsletter Articles – Topic Index

    …Out at the Empire Inspires Roundup Art, Aug 2005, p. 1 Roundup Western Art Sale a Huge Success, Nov 2004, p. 3 Saddle Up & Sidle Over to the Roundup Art Show, Aug 2004, p. 1 Art Show Soars at the Empire Ranch Roundup, Nov 2003, p. 3 Feasting-Not by Bread Alone, Aug 2003, p.3 Picture Perfect, Nov 2002, p. 3 Easels on the Empire, Aug 2002, p. 3 Estaremos Listos! (We Will Be Ready!)…Nov 2001. p. 1 Roundup Art Show Celebrates Western People, Aug 2001,…

  • Gift Shop

    Shop online or in-person! Your purchase helps preserve and protect the Empire Ranch! The Empire Ranch Foundation Gift Shop is located inside the Empire Ranch Visitor Contact Station. The Contact Station is open during special events and also for docent-led tours, held at 11am on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Items for sale include Empire Ranch Foundation denim shirts, t-shirts and books, souvenir coffee cups, Western jewelry and…

  • Chiricahua Ranches Company Ownership, 1928-1951

    …p—during the spring and fall and then they had oh I’d say fifteen to twenty-one or twenty-two men. And then of course Mr. and Mrs. Boice was on the roundup. We did have Mary Boice and she was as good as two cowboys. She was a real rider I’ll tell you and she was a real mother to us cowboys. If we got hurt she was just like our my mother. She doctored us and tried to get us back on our feet like a cowboy would an old cow.” [Jack and Oliene Cooper o…

  • Banning Vail, 1909-1929

    …n of the Throop baseball team from 1907-1908 and was elected Representative-at-Large in the Throop student government in 1907. His daughter Dusty Vail noted:” I think that he had planned originally to spend more time in school than he did. But, you know, each one had to pull his own.” [Dusty Vail Ingram oral history, 1993]       Borderland Highway—1913 Borderlands Highway route from Ft. Huachuca to Tucson. Good Roads Association, 1913.   By 1913 u…

  • Vail & Gates, 1888-1909

    …work in Arizona ranching at: https://www.azfb.org/Article/Arizona-Ranching-In-the-Beginning 300 tons of alfalfa hay grown in the agricultural fields at the Empire Ranch in the South Barn, at the Empire Ranch, 1924. ERF archives A301-001   Carroll W. Gates (1860-1920) Carroll W. Gates, 1909. ERF archives: A540-009 Carroll Gates was born in New York in 1860 and moved at an early age with his family to California. Educated in the San Jose area he fi…

  • Empire Ranch is Purchased and the Hard Work Begins (August-December 1876)

    …hing you all a Merry Christmas” stuck in a stick at the top of the first successful plum-pudding at Empire Ranch, the inscription being in Spanish as well, so as our sheep herder could see it, but before he had finished he had to unbutton his waistcoat and the top button of another article of dress, finding that his eye was larger than his stomach. I surrounded the pudding with brandy and set light to it in the regular old style. Though we are in…

  • Frank & Mary Boice Family Ownership, 1951-1969

    …p was 50% Pancho Boice and 50% Bob and Miriam Boice. Pancho managed the day-to-day operations of the Empire Ranch and Bob did the same for the Slash S. Grant Boice recalls: “…we would ship the calves from the Empire up to the Slash S. Instead of selling them at the Empire, we’d pasture them on the Slash S from the fall through the spring. We would sell them from the Slash S in the spring. Everything they did, they did together.” [Grant Boice oral…

  • Boice Family Ranching History, 1859-1928

    …ivate Memorial Room at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, CA. Courtesy of Find-A-Grave On December 7, 1919 Henry S. Boice died in Pasadena, CA. He had been ill for several months. He was survived by his wife, LuBelle and their five children. Will Barnes wrote in his obituary of Henry S.: “In his home life he was singularly happy, his relations with his children being more that of a big brother than a father.” [The Breeder’s Gazette, 2/12/1920] Henry…

  • Buildings & Structures

    …that height, the gable portion is only eight inches thick. Evidence of two-by-six-foot joists spanning the bottom chord of the truss to the six-inch deep ledge at the west adobe wall suggests the presence of a partial hay-loft at one point along the west end. It is covered by a steep sloping roof with gable ends. This barn was used for horses. Throughout the life of the barn, many alterations have taken place. An early twentieth century fire caus…