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Sierra Bonita Ranch

Bonita, Arizona
County of Graham.
National Register Number: 66000181
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Agriculture/Subsistence - animal facility. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: AZ-8 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 19, 1964):
Founded in 1872 by Col. Henry C. Hooker to supply beef to Army posts, mining camps, and Indian agencies, this was the first permanent American cattle ranch in Arizona, as well as the first to introduce graded stock into the territory. On the site of a former Spanish hacienda which had been destroyed by the Apache in the early 1800s, Hooker erected an adobe fortress to fend off attacks by first the Apache and later the cutthroats and rustlers of Sulphur Springs Valley.

The ranch house and its outbuildings are in good condition. The corral and bunkhouse, which are constructed of adobe brick and plaster, are deteriorating and require stabilization.

This is the first report from the ranch since 1999.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The ranch manager is interested in receiving financial assistance in developing a course of action for stabilizing the historic adobe structures. A partnership between the owner/steward and the National Park Service, Intermountain Region, Heritage Partnerships Program, should be initiated to provide the best course of action specifically regarding the adobe structures. An NPS adobe expert could provide information to the NHL steward/ranch manager. The steward should apply for a Challenge Cost-Share grant for FY 2008.

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