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Buckeye Ranch House

The main residence of a pioneer farmstead, the Buckeye Ranch House was built between 1906 and 1908 by Winfield Scott Stevens, an Ohio native who arrived in the Nile Valley in 1887-88. He built the first road to this remote area following old Native American trails. Eventually he developed a large ranch and orchard, and built this unusual concrete structure, which represents a very early form of this technology. Scott was active in local affairs and his ranch was a well-known stopover for sheep and cattle herders. Native Americans continued to camp on the site for many years.


Footage of an early sheep drive along a road in Eastern Washington. Footage courtesy of the Washington State Archives.