State Historic Preservation Office Honors 21 Centennial Farm and Ranch Families


Posted: Friday, October 05, 2018
Contact: Mary Hopkins, 307-777-6311
    
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The Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office honored 21 families at its 13th annual Centennial Farm & Ranch ceremony recently at the Douglas Intermediate School.

The Wyoming Centennial Farm and Ranch Program honors families who have owned and operated the same farm or ranch for 100 years or longer.

Governor Matt Mead, Senator Mike Enzi, Senator John Barrasso, and Representative Liz Cheney presented each family with a signed certificate and large metal sign to display at their farm or ranch. Participants then enjoyed a barbeque lunch.

Wyoming’s ranch and farmlands are disappearing at an alarming rate. Farmers and ranchers have withstood drought, economic downturns, development pressure, and other man-made and natural threats to their land and yet they have managed to preserve these important pieces of Wyoming’s agricultural heritage. These ranches and farms are not just history, but remain vital today and highlight the importance of agriculture to Wyoming.

The Centennial Farm and Ranch program was re-established by the State Historic Preservation Office in 2006 and has honored 286 families to date. Partners in the program are the Wyoming Stock Growers, the Wyoming Wool Growers, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the Wyoming Rural Electric Association, the Wyoming Business Council, and the Wyoming Livestock Roundup.

Applications for the program are accepted each year and can be downloaded at http://wyoshpo.state.wy.us/CFR/

This year’s Centennial families:

Joe Weber Family
Joe Weber Homestead Farm
Platte County - 1917

Hageman Family
Lamp Chimney Ranch, LLC.
Converse County - 1918

Sommers Family
Horseshoe Valley Ranch
Platte County - 1892

Haefele Family
Haefele Ranch
Converse County - 1918

Marty & Darci Edwards
Groves Ranch
Campbell County - 1916

Koch Family
Four Mile Ranch
Johnson County - 1918

Kennedy Family
Vale Ranch, LLC.
Albany County - 1918

Kenneth E. Faber
Barney Faber Homestead
Laramie County - 1918

Delwin L. & Janet Ann Bass
Bass Ranch
Goshen County - 1917

Ruffing Trust
Wilson, Ruffing, & Holloman Families
Niobrara County - 1896

Turner Family
Turnercrest Ranch
Campbell County - 1918

Ronda Lacey, Kaitlyn Pfister, Cally & Jackson Lund
Jack Pfister Ranch
Niobrara County - 1916

Richard & Donna Hakert
Hakert Ranch
Johnson County - 1916

Cowardin Family
Mona Ranch
Crook County - 1908

Larry & Ruthie Cundall
Cundall Ranch
Platte County - 1917

Pickinpaugh Family
P3 Ranch, LLC.
Converse County - 1915

Mike A. Hakert Family
Mike Alexander Hakert Homestead
Johnson County - 1916

Ligocki Family, Robert & Joan, Merle & Amy
Two Horsepower Ranch
Sheridan County - 1917

Robert Grant
Grant Ranch
Platte County - 1884

Groves and Drake Family
Sunburst Ranch
Campbell County – 1917

Clay Family
T – K Ranch
Albany County - 1900

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