Baca Float No. 5: Fascinating History of this 19th Century Land Grant and Now ORO Ranch

Douglas SydnorPresenter: Douglas Sydnor, Douglas Sydnor Architect + Associates, Inc.

Historic Luis Maria Baca Float No. 5 is a 100,000 acre 19th century land grant that is now part of the ORO Ranch, which is northwest of Prescott or 35 miles south of Seligman. 20th century cowboys throughout the West considered the ORO Ranch the finest ranch of its size and the work in the early years was done as a “horseback ranch.” Ranch evolution since the 1860s and through modern times is quite a rich and amazing story. Ranch eventually grew to about 257,000 acres and running 2,500 head of cattle on its virgin grass lands. Ownership since the 1970s has kept the ranch closed to outsiders… however, the presenter had the opportunity in the Autumn of 1994 to enjoy a 4 day horse ride on the property with the Annual Scottsdale Charro Ride.