The land that became the Empire Ranch outside of Sonoita, Ariz., was originally homesteaded in the 1870s. Along with the sale of the original 160 acres was a four-room adobe structure with no doors, windows and a dirt floor. Over the years the ranch house was expanded to 22 rooms. In 1988, land swaps brought the ranch under the control of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and with the help of the Empire Ranch Foundation have made an effort to restore and stabilize the ranch house. On March 23, 2019, the foundation is having an Milestone Celebration to celebrate a grand reopening of the building which will include tours of the house.

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Rick Wiley is the photo editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.