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Just got this in my email. For those in the Tucson area I thought you might be interested in learning more about the history of this ranch:




Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch begin Jan. 12

10901 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ


The Town of Oro Valley proudly presents Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. This exciting new way to visit Oro Valley's vivid past will include special guest speakers, tours, and an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery and eat lunch on-site.


The January 12 guest speaker is Van Fowers, a regular at Empire Ranch and Old Tucson Studios. Mr. Fowers has the unique ability to bring the past to life through costuming and storytelling.


January 12

11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Property tours

1 p.m. Guest speaker Van Fowers


February 9

11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Property tours

1 p.m. Guest speakers Pusch Family great grandchildren


For more info: http://www.orovalleyaz.gov/Town_Government/Parks_Rec_Cultural_Resources/culture_history/SPR.htm

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Very cool. I will try and make one of those tours. Thanks for the info!

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They are doing another event (bigger this time) in Tucson at Steam Pump Ranch:


Steam Pump Ranch Settlers' Day Spring Festival

Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

10901 N. Oracle Road


ORO VALLEY, Ariz.(April 8, 2013)- This FREE, family-friendly event at the historic Steam Pump Ranch will provide hours of fun and entertainment, featuring:

Salt RiverRegulators "Wild Bill Cody" Old West Show

Live music and performances

Arts, crafts and activities for kids

Haywagon rides

Local food vendors


10 a.m. Hank Zipf, grandson of George & Matilda Pusch

10:45 a.m. Barbara McIntyre & Nancy Cobb, Pusch granddaughters

11:30 a.m. Cathy Sutherland Hartline & Debbie Sutherland Motzkin, great-granddaughters

of William Henry Southerland

12:30 p.m. Van Fowers, Storyteller Extraordinaire

1:15 p.m. Barbara Marriot, author of "Local Legends"



10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Talulah the (Cowgirl) Clown Face Painter

Philip Olson's Bugs & Snakes of the Southwest

Garden activities

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pusch Ridge Stable Wagon rides

Kids' stick-horse crafts by local artist A. Jane Hicks

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Carters Farm Petting Zoo



10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Buffalo Soldiers

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Garden presentation, Ramona Farms, Arbico, Master Gardner Joyce Rychener

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sky Sharp, horsemanship skills, horse whispering & horse training



10- 11 a.m. Cowboy at Heart David Rychener

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bill Ganz Western Band

12 noon Coyote Country Cloggers

2- 3 p.m. Salt River Regulators "Wild Bill Cody" Old West Show

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