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  • Youth Education

    Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (LCNCA) and the historic Empire Ranch Headquarters are ideal venues for youth education programs. The Empire Ranch Foundation, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management and other partners such as the Cienega Watershed Partnership offer a variety of youth educational experiences. For more information about youth education programs contact the ERF Administrator. Legacy Day at the Empire Ranch The Fo…

  • Media

    … Click on the links to view media coverage of activities at the Empire Ranch. Just South of Southwest by Ann Euston; Highroads, May/June, 2014 Empire Ranch Road by Kathy Ritchie; Arizona Highways, November, 2013 The Empire Ranch – Preserving a Southern Arizona Way of Life; Border Eco, Oct. 7, 2013 Additional publications about the history of the Empire Ranch can be found in the Articles & Links section of this website. …

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  • National Day of the Cowboy Non-Profit Exhibitors

    We welcome participation by non-profit organizations at the Empire Ranch Foundation’s National Day of the Cowboy on July 23rd from 8 am to noon. Registration closes on July 15, 2022. Questions? Contact ERF by email, admin@empireranchfoundation.org or call 888-364-2829. National Day of the Cowboy Non-Profit Booth “*” indicates required fields There is no charge for the booth. Please provide your own 10 x 10 popup tent, table, and chairs. Items for…

  • Christmas at the Empire Ranch, December 10, 2022

    On the second Saturday in December we enjoy welcoming guests to the festively decorated Empire Ranch House for a bit of holiday cheer and some fun shopping. Over 400 excited visitors attended 2021 Christmas at the Empire Ranch event on December 11, 2021. Save the Date for the 2022 Christmas at the Empire Ranch Event Saturday, December 10, 2022   Saturday, December 11, 2021 10 am to 2 pm Program Entertainment 10:15-10:45 am–Tucson Desert Harmony C…

  • Western Movies

    Each summer the Empire Ranch Foundation celebrates classic Western movies with outdoor showings at the Historic Empire Ranch and on the big screen at The Loft Cinema in Tucson. The Empire Ranch Foundation greatly appreciates the support of The Loft Cinema’s sponsorship of these movie showings. The events help support the preservation of the Historic Empire Ranch on Las Cienegas National Conservation Area in Sonoita. Western Movies at the Loft Cin…

  • Empire Ranch Purchase by Gulf American Corporation

    … Learn about Gulf American Corporation’s plans for a large housing development on the Empire Ranch land which GAC purchased in 1969 from the Boice family. Click here to read the full story in the September 2021 ERF newsletter. Posted 9/4/2021 …

  • Frank & Mary Boice Family Ownership, 1951-1969

    Steve Boice and John Rubel at Arivaca Ranch, 1952. Courtesy of Justin Linder/Faith Boice Frank Stephen Boice and John Boice Rubel are born—1951 On March 7, 1951 Pancho and Sherry Boice welcomed the arrival of Frank Stephen Boice who was born in Pasadena, CA. He is called Steve. That same month Jack and Peggy Rubel became the parents of John Boice Rubel who was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson. Jack and Peggy had returned from California and …

  • Empire Ranch History, 1970-1988

      This chronology documents the history of the Empire Ranch between 1970 and 1988. In 1969 Boice & Company sold the Empire Ranch to Gulf American Corporation (GAC) which planned to build a housing development on the land. Boice & Co. retained a grazing lease with GAC so Pancho Boice continued to live at the Empire Ranch. In 1975 GAC sold the Empire Ranch to Anamax Mining Company and discontinued the grazing lease with Boice & Co. Rancher John Don…

  • Gulf American Corporation Ownership, 1970-1975

    Frank Stephen Boice, 1960s. ERF archives: B203-27 Pancho Boice, President of ACGA—1970 Pancho Boice was President of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association from 1970-1971. When Pancho stepped down from that office he noted in his outgoing speech: “Though we may often feel like the old timer did when asked if he’d seen many changes in his lifetime. His response was ‘Yes sir, sonny and I was against every dang one of them.’ We cannot ignore the fac…