Vail in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Home for Ranch Families
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.
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. Touch 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 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. 9½ miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.