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Vail in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Home for Ranch Families

 
 
Home for Ranch Families Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 7, 2015
1. Home for Ranch Families Marker
Inscription. The "New Ranch House" was built in the 1950s by the Boice family for Frank Boice's oldest son Frank (Pancho). It was here that Pancho and his wife Sherry raised their four children: Steve, Kitty, Sherry, and Carol.

Mac and Billy Donaldson and their three children, Alexa, Sam, and Renee also lived here. Mac's father John Donaldson ranched the Empire from 1975-2009, in partnership with Mac and his grandson Sam.

When the Bureau of Land Management acquired the Empire Ranch in 1988, the New Ranch House served intermittently as a field station for BLM staff working at the ranch. In the future, this building will be rehabilitated for use as part of the BLM's administrative programs at Empire Ranch.

Captions:
Frank Stephen (Pancho Boice)
Sherry Bailey Boice
Kitty, Steve and Sherry Boice with Burt Lancaster, ca. 1955, New Ranch House under construction in rear.
Mac and Billie Donaldson
Mac, Sam, Colton and John Donaldson

 
Location. 31° 47.255′ N, 110° 38.549′ W. Marker is in Vail, Arizona, in Pima County. Click for map. This marker is on the Heritage Discovery Trail at Empire Ranch. Marker is in this post office area: Vail AZ 85641, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles
Wide view of Home for Ranch Families Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 7, 2015
2. Wide view of Home for Ranch Families Marker
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hired Man’s House – Who Lived Here?/Historic Preservation of the Hired Man’s House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Empire Ranch (about 700 feet away); Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races (approx. 7.7 miles away); San Ignacia del Babocomari (approx. 8.4 miles away); Camp Crittenden (approx. 9.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
The New Ranch House image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 7, 2015
3. The New Ranch House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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