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  • Anamax Ownership, 1975-1988

    Empire Ranch windmill being serviced by the pump department of Ronstadt’s Hardware, 1970s. ERF archives: C520-121 Anamax Plans for the Empire Ranch–1975 Anamax was a partnership of Anaconda and Amax mining companies. Their primary interest in the Empire Ranch property was its water supply. “If Anamax develops the East Helvetia property, it will use water from the Empire to run the mine. Stott explained as he drove along a ranch road, ‘We drilled …

  • Agents of Discovery

    Explore the Historic Empire Ranch in an exciting new way. It’s called Agents of Discovery, the not-so-secret, secret agency dedicated to learning and playing outdoors. To get started: 1. Download the free Agents of Discovery app to your mobile device at the Apple App Store, Google Play or visit www.AgentsofDiscovery.com. 2. After downloading the app, click on the Missions button and select the ones you want to play. 3. Preload the missions and he…

  • 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 …

  • Anamax Mining Purchases Empire Ranch from Gulf American Corporation

    … In January 1975 the sale of the former Empire Ranch holdings owned by Gulf American Corporation since 1969 to Anamax Mining Corporation was announced. Click here to read the full story in the December ERF newsletter. Posted 11/21/2020 …

  • Historic Empire Ranch “Virtual Tour”

    … Posted 3-25-2021 …

  • Grant Boice Honored

    … The 2021 Arizona National Livestock Show was dedicated to Grant Boice, the son of Bob and Miriam Boice. Click here to read a wonderful tribute to Grant’s accomplishments, written by Janice Bryson. Bob and Miriam Boice received the same honor when the 2005 AZ National Livestock Show was dedicated to them. Posted 1/23/2022   …

  • Ian Tomlinson and Vera Earl Ranch Honored

    In September 2021, the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies awarded Ian Tomlinson and the Vera Earl Ranch its Private Lands Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Award “…for their proactive conservation and environmental practices and for continuing to exhibit outstanding stewardship of fish and wildlife resources.” In January 2022 the Arizona Game and Fish Commission awarded its Wildlife Habitat Steward of the Year to the Vera Earl Ranch, Inc. Posted…

  • Cienega Ranch “The Farm”

    … Click here to read about the history of the Cienega Ranch which was purchased by Walter Vail about 1882 from Don Alonzo Sanford. Located along the Cienega Creek about 4 miles northeast of Empire Ranch Headquarters it was know as “The Farm.” …

  • Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

    … ERF Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Saturday, April 23, 2022 5:00 .p.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner provided by the ERF Board of Directors Cash bar, music & dancing, door prizes, silent auction Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Pioneer Hall 3142 S. Highway 83, Sonoita …

  • Last Train from Gun Hill

    … Almost 200 western film aficionados enjoyed the June 4th outdoor showing of Last Train from Gun Hill. Before the movie started Steve Boice shared stories about his interactions, as a young boy with the actors and film crew. Click here to view photos of the evening. Updated 6-12-2022 …