Chronology of Empire Ranch Establishment

No 4, Album 1, edited


2016 marked the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Empire Ranch.  This chronology tells the story that led to the establishment of the Empire Ranch when Walter Lennox Vail (age 24) and Herbert R. Hislop (age 23) purchased a 160 acre homestead in Southeastern Arizona.  The information recounted comes primarily from letters written by both partners during the formative years of the Empire Ranch.

The Partners Meet and Prepare to Travel to Arizona (June-July 4, 1876)

The Trip from Los Angeles to Tucson (July 5-13, 1976)

The Search for the Right Ranch (July 14-August 22, 1876)

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

Vail, Hislop, and Harvey (1877-1878)