The original ranch was established in the 1860s with 160 acres. Over the next 20 years, the ranch expanded to include nearly one million acres! That's a big ranch. The property our house is built on was once part of that ranch. We still have some very old fence posts running diagonally across our property and lots of jumbled up barbed wire down in the gulleys.
The Empire Ranch Foundation works to protect, restore and sustain the Empire Ranch historical buildings and landscape as a western heritage and education center. Check out their website for more history and some very cool old pics of life in the 1800s and early 1900s on this cattle ranch.
The weather was perfect on Saturday for strolling around the ranch.
A local miniature horse farm was there with some of their little cuties (the little cutie boy was with us): This one reminded me of my little Piper (who actually isn't so little anymore):This was a great timeline display detailing the history of the ranch. If you click on the pic to enlarge it, you can actually read some of it. I also took this pic because I liked their simple display - wood frame with corrugated metal (always looking for display ideas for my booth!)A great pic of some working cowboys.Don't you just love old weathered barns? If only this one could talk!And look at the cute cowboy I found wandering around... Lee and Matthew at the feed trough. Hay, it's what's for dinner.There were a lot of demonstrations going on. This cowboy was demonstrating rawhide reata making. Wow, a lot of work goes into them. It's quite a skill.The B Troop of the 4th U.S. Cavalry (Memorial) was also there with a display. This is an original McClellan saddle dating back to the 1850s. A sign of progress (?) at the Empire Ranch.I think I'll stick to horses, thanks!
Do check out the Empire Ranch Foundation's website for more great historical information if you get a chance. Happy Trails...