State Historic Preservation Office recognizes Wyoming centennial farms and ranches at Wyo State FairWritten by Saige Albert
Douglas – On Aug. 16, the Wyoming Centennial Farm and Ranch program welcomed 13 ranches to their roster, adding to the list of 213 families that have been honored in the program.
“This is one of our favorite events of the year that we are involved in,” said Milward Simpson, Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) director. “What a legacy these families leave us – a legacy of stewardship, perseverance, family and the reasons that we call Wyoming home.”
Joining SHPO in honoring these families were program partners the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA), Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Wyoming Business Council, Wyoming Rural Electric Association, Wyoming Wool Growers Association and Wyoming Livestock Roundup.
WSGA Executive Vice President Jim Magagna said, “This is a great honor to recognize these ranches. This is not just about the 100 years we have come from but about the next 25, 50 and 100 years that we continue to build.”
“This isn’t a celebration of a point in time, but a celebration of a movement in time through history,” Magagna added. “It represents not only the glory but the hard work and commitment they have undertaken.”
The families honored as 2015 centennial farms and ranches are as follows:
Susan Ann Schaffer and Karyn Spears Families, Baily Ranch, Albany County – 1882
Jack and Elaine Pugsley Family, C.L. Pugsley Ranch, Goshen County – 1915
Desiree Stonum, Leisel and Tim Carpenter Families, Flying Heart Ranch, Albany County – 1984
Steve and Cissy Gudahl Family, Gudahl Ranch, Platte County – 1914
Linda and Keith Hamilton Family, Hamilton Ranch, Big Horn County – 1915
Gerald LeBeau Family, LeBeau Family Limited Partnership Ranch, Carbon County – 1888
Herb and Shirley Lorenz, Dr. Phil Lorenz and Cheryl Bailey Families, Laramie County – 1915
Jean Panno Moore Family, Panno Ranch, Niobrara County – 1904
Linda Purcell Family, Purcell Ranch, Uinta County – 1885
Ron and Mayvon Platt Family, Ralph Platt Ranch, Carbon County – 1886
Dorothy Robinson Butler and Jay L. Butler Families, Robinson Ranch, Converse County – 1915
Albert and Marilyn Rosenlieb Family, Rosenlieb Ranch, Carbon County – 1886
Arnold B. Tschirgi and Loretta Tschirgi Families, Six Mile Ranch, Sheridan County – 1914
In recognizing these families, Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis all noted that the Wyoming families honored as centennial ranches represent the backbone and heart of Wyoming, representing the state as a whole.
For more information on the Centennial Farm and Ranch program, visit wyoshpo.state.wy.us.