The 26 Bar Ranch is steeped in the history of the Hereford industry. Back in the 1940's it was part of the famous Milky Way Ranch. The big white show barn, under the hill outside of town, has become one of the local landmarks. This ranch and show barn have been the home for many top Hereford cattle that have made their mark in the Hereford industry.
The 26 Bar Ranch combines ancient and modern history together in colorful and charming ways. The ranch was started by John Wayne and his partner Louis Johnson. The ranch was then, and is now, a working cattle ranch where some of the most famous Hereford cattle in the world are raised.
The main buildings were built in the late 30's and early 40's by the owners of the Mars-Milky Way candy company. It was used as a summer home and a place to raise their world class Hereford cattle. The ranch was, at the time, called the "Milkyway Ranch".
The ranch was purchased by Tom Chauncey in 1986. Chauncey was the founder and owner of the CBS affiliate Television and Radio stations, KOOL Radio and TV.", as well as the famous Tom Chauncey Arabians of Scottsdale, AZ.
In 1997 the Hopi Tribe of Arizona was proud to reclaim some of their ancestral lands by purchasing the ranch. The rock art found along the Little Colorado River establishes the long connection between the Hopi and the ranch land. The Hopi Tribe is also proud to continue the tradition of producing top quality Hereford cattle.
Are you tired of the same old clinics? Are you ready for an adventure in Horsemanship? Then come join Lee Smith for Applied Horsemanship, with Instruction, on a real working ranch, in a picturesque Eager, located in the majestic White Mountains of Arizona! Courses are available June Through August, 2003.
Spend your day horseback riding, hiking, fishing, taking photographs of the beautiful scenery or have a picnic on our working 64,000-acre cattle ranch.
In the fall, 26 Bar is your base camp for area game hunting and, in winter, your headquarters for skiing at nearby Sunrise. Consider us for small reunions or weddings – even small working retreats to envision your company's future in a tranquil, thought-provoking atmosphere.
Come visit us in Eagar, Arizona