Alison Bunting: The Empire Ranch—How it all began

Alison Bunting: The Empire Ranch—How it all began

By Alison Bunting 2016 marked the 140th anniversary of the establishment of the Empire Ranch which began with the purchase of a 160 acre homestead north of present-day Sonoita by Walter Lennox Vail and Herbert R. Hislop. Letters written by both partners during the formative years of the Empire Ranch provide a fascinating view of the adventures and […]

Scott Dyke: Historic Empire Ranch’s headquarters worth a trip

Scott Dyke: Historic Empire Ranch’s headquarters worth a trip

By Scott Dyke One hundred and forty years ago, one of the West’s biggest cattle combines was formed by a Canadian and an Englishman. At its zenith, this operation encompassed a million acres or so. Today, the remains of the Empire Ranch headquarters exist in a state of preservation, helped immeasurably by the persistence of […]