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     Southern Arizona History
Empire Ranch. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2012.

Available at
Arcadia Publishing, Amazon.com, and local

Empire Ranch sits in the heart of the rolling grasslands
and oak-studded foothills of Las Cienegas National
Conservation Area in southeastern Arizona. Its remarkable
history and the ranching way of life are told through the
stories of the men, women, and children of the Empire, most
notably the Vail, Boice, and Donaldson families. Walter L.
Vail and Herbert R. Hislop purchased the Empire Ranch
homestead for $2,000 in 1876. The Vail family operated the
ranch until 1928, turning it into a cattle ranching empire. From
1928 to 1975, the well-respected Boice family ran a vibrant
Hereford operation on the Empire. The Donaldson family
used innovative range management methods to continue the
ranching legacy from 1975 to 2009. Today, the ranch, under
the management of the Bureau of Land Management, remains
one of the oldest continuously working cattle ranches in the
Vail and Colossal Cave Mountain Park. San Francisco, CA:
Arcadia Publishing, 2007.

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Includes chapters on Colossal Cave, ranch history, the
Civilian Conservation Corps, the Vail School District, and
the Vail community.

“The History of the La Posta Quemada Ranch, Vail,
Tucson Corral of the Westerners.  The Smoke
Number 82, June 2007.

Available from the author and the Tucson Corral of the


The La Posta Quemada has been a working cattle ranch in
Vail since the 1880s. It is currently located within Colossal
Cave Mountain Park.
Historian and Author
Southern Arizona History
I write and compile histories, rosters, newspaper transcriptions,
and biographies on southern Arizona history.

This includes the history of the
Civilian Conservation Corps
program in this area; visit my
CCC page to find out more.

I also
edit, proof, and index books and articles on the history of
the West, both cultural and natural. Visit my
editing page to find
out more.

See my
publications list for details of authored publications, edited
publications, and presentations.