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History of El Rancho Robles, Oracle, AZ

1936 El Rancho Robles, Oracel AZ
1936 El Rancho Robles, Oracel AZ
1936 El Rancho Robles, Oracel AZ
1936 El Rancho Robles, Oracel AZ
1936 El Rancho Robles, Oracel AZ
1936 El Rancho Robles, Oracel AZ
1936 El Rancho Robles, Oracel AZ
1936 El Rancho Robles, Oracel AZ
1936 El Rancho Robles, Oracel AZ

From 1923 to 1927, Charles and Helen Gilliland built and developed a magnificent residence, El Rancho Robles. Within a few years it was to become one of the area's most popular dude ranches. Horseback riding was the main focus. Often, guests would find themselves on "breakfast rides," travelling along with a chuckwagon full of flapjacks. History of El Rancho Robles Dude ranches published brochures advertising their cowboy programs.

The photographs and descriptions in these brochures were sometimes the only way potential guests could judge a ranch they would be staying at for weeks or even months. El Rancho Robles had such a brochure or more accurately a pamphlet. Originals of this pamphlet still exist. Among other places, you can find them in the Arizona Historical Society Library in Tucson and also in the Special Collections of the University of Arizona Library. View PDF

El Rancho Robles's brochure started out by saying,"Who has not had the urge to visit a ranch in the old West where you can enjoy western life to his heart's content; where the glorious beauty of the wilderness will bring health, happiness and peace; where fascinating desert scenes, the tang of the mountain air, the smell of the pines, and the spell of the starlit skies mean forgetfulness and freedom from the mad pace of modern life!

El Rancho Robles, a glorified ranch in the most beautiful section of Arizona, will make these dreams come true for you."
—El Rancho Robles pamphlet, circa 1930s