National and State Register

Em Ranch (Santa Maria Ranch)

Park County

The agricultural history associated with the EM Ranch extends from 1874 through 1948, encompassing the original homesteading by Hardy Epperson, Aldophus Feringer’s assemblage of the large land holdings, the subsequent extensive sheep raising operations of the Chalmers and Galloway partnership, and the economic decline of the Depression years that culminated in the Ownbey family’s ownership of the property.

A black and white photo of the ranch with gable roof buildings in a line going to the right.

Em Ranch (Santa Maria Ranch) (2000 photograph.)

Numerous buildings remain intact within the headquarters complex located in the southwestern portion of the 2,320 acre property.  Listed under Historic Ranching Resources of South Park, Colorado Multiple Property Submission.