HISTORY

SURROUNDING THE SADDLE SORE RANCH.

The land that is presently known as the Saddle Sore Ranch, and the surrounding area, is quite rich in wild west, outlaw cowboy history. SSR is nestled near the old mining town of Oatman, and just outside of Kingman, Arizona (formerly known as Fort Beale or Beale Springs).

Nowadays, a different breed of “outlaws” ride into the Saddle Sore Ranch. They are modern day “cowboys”, who ride in on horses made of steel and chrome. We embrace our history, and do our best to carry it on as we make a little history of our own. The spirit of the wild west comes alive at SSR as you are sitting around the campfire watching the sun set behind the Black Mountains, gazing up at the stars, and listening to other “cowboys” as they tell tales of fast horses and good women. Or is it the other way around???

Below are a few of the most infamous events in Wild West history that took place near the present day Saddle Sore Ranch. We will add more as we come across them, so check back soon, “pardner”. Giddy up…

 

(Click on the event below to read the story)

STAGECOACH ROBBERIES…

1873 – Canyon Station stagecoach robbery approximately 9 miles northeast of SSR.

1880 – “Hualapai Joe” robs a coach approximately 11 miles east of SSR.

1889 – Stagecoach robbery in Yucca, AZ. 14 miles southwest of SSR.

 

BUTCH CASSIDY

Stories have told that Butch Cassidy died in Bolivia in 1908. However, after forensic testing, it was determined that the bodies thought to be of Butch and Sundance, were in fact NOT. Family members state that Butch left Bolivia and went to Southern Nevada. Based on the route Butch would have taken to Southern Nevada, he would have come right by the present day Saddle Sore Ranch. This story is further evidenced by the fact that one of Cassidy’s gang members, Will James (aka Tap Duncan) moved to the area in 1898, and set up a ranch near SSR. This would have certainly been a stop over for Cassidy on his travels thru the area.

 

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