Tuesday, October 27, 2015

More of the Stone Ranch
















4 comments:

  1. Great photos, is this an old Pony Express Station Site?

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  2. Neil, I don't know if it was a Pony Express site, but I do know that it was a stage stop. The original ranchers offered lodging for travelers at the house, even though it is extremely small.

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  3. Thanks, I have long been fascinated by how little space was needed only a few generations ago. Stage travelers probably were in a corner cot behind a curtain. Today a 1,200 sq foot home is sold as small, or as a starter home. Would have been more than spacious in the 1880s.

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  4. That's very true.

    I know that the original occupants of the house had a family and raised several children there. At least one of their children went on to marry and raise another family there, after the stage days were over. As time went on the outbuildings and what not were put in, but they continued to live in the small house. I don't know when the house ceased to be occupied, but I think it was in the 1940s or 1950s.

    This house is smaller then modern apartments today. But, on the other hand, it was stone, cut by an itinerant Italian stone mason, and it was probably really easy to heat in the winter with its small size. Likewise, the windows and stone construction probably would have made it tolerable during the summer.

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