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San Bernardino Ranch

Douglas, Arizona
County of Cochise.
17 miles east of Douglas
National Register Number: 66000170
Resource type: District.
Property type: Farm/Ranch. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: AZ-8 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Ranch Museum: www.slaughterranch.com.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 19, 1964):
The center of a cattle ranching empire that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border, this ranch illustrates the continuity of Spanish and American cattle ranching in the Southwest. Until late in the 19th century, the San Bernardino Valley, a well-watered area occupying southern Arizona and northern Mexico, was not successfull occupied by Europeans due to the threat of Apache attack; in 1884, however, John H. Slaughter, a Texas cattle rancher, leased a portion of the Mexican land grant and began the development of a ranch that would span up to 100,000 acres, supplying beef, fruits, and vegetables to the surrounding settlements and military posts.

The ranch is in pristine condition.

There have been no changes since the last report.

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