Step back into the Old West at historic Rancho De La Osa

Rancho De La Osa

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This is an amazing piece of history in southern Arizona, and one of the oldest guest ranches in the country. Heck, Poncho Villa tried to commandeer this place!

And, my friends, it is up for sale!

Rancho De La Osa dates back to the early 1700’s when the first structure was built as a Mission Outpost by Spanish Jesuit priests. A main house, church and school were built in 1889 by Civil War hero Colonel Sturgis.

Additional wings to the guest ranch were built in the 1920’s.

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All told, Rancho De La Osa has 10 buildings and 239 deeded acres. The property is located southwest of Tucson in the Sonoran Desert, very near the Mexico border.

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Over the 20th century, many famous guests and dignitaries stayed at the ranch from actors, to artists to politicians.

Below, a young Lady Bird Johnson is pictured with friends:

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Notable guests included not only former presidents such as Lyndon Johnson and Franklin Roosevelt, but also Hollywood luminaries like John Wayne, Cesar Romero, Joan Crawford and author Margaret Mitchell.

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A 1920’s postcard depicting the ranch:

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Rancho De La Osa has a place in the Mexican Revolution as well. Revolutionary leader Pancho Villa and his troops fired on the hacienda in an attempt to claim the ranch. A Mexican cannonball was embedded in the thick stucco walls of the main house and today is on display for guests to see.

Of course many people lived and died here over the centuries and so the ranch has its own cemetery which features graves dating back to the early 1800’s.

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How cool would it be to buy up all this history and preserve it?

Inside the ranch houses, we get a peek at the old hacienda style architecture and the many antique Mexican furnishings:

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The pool was added in the 1970’s:

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Below, the sun sets on the church & school building that dates to the late 1800’s:

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Said to be one of the last great Spanish haciendas still standing in America, Rancho De La Osa is seeking new caretakers who will see her through the next time period in history.

The asking price is $1.4 million and all furnishings are negotiable.

As the current owner implores, “Do not let this piece of property slip away…”

 

For more information on Racho De La Osa, please visit the links below:

http://www.ranchodelaosa.com/

http://www.oldhouses.com/

1 Comment

  • Sue says:

    239 acres and 10 buildings. A caretaken indeed is needed for this piece of history. So cool that all these famous people have stayed here in the past. I never heard of it of course and it’s really nice to see such a place still exists.

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