OPEN HEART RANCH IN PICTURES
TAKE A PEEK INTO THE PAST
Elmer Roberts, Millie Roberts and Millie's mother Katie Caroll purchased the original 230 Acres of Open Heart Ranch for just $11,000.
There was only cold water inside, no indoor bathrooms, only one stove for heat and exactly one tree on the ranch.
THE RANCH STARTED TO COME TOGETHER
Millie's uncle, Jimmy, came to help her and Elmer start working the land and fixing everything up.
OPEN HEART RANCH
Is raising a little grain and hay, has a small garden, milk cows, chickens and sheep.
IS ASSISTED BY HARVEY GAP RESERVOIR
Where water is pumped and sent to the ranch. If you recognize this name it's because this is the same reservoir that Vista View Events sits above today.
To work the land and level it to make it farmable. While the ranch did have fields at this point the fields had gulches and were rough and difficult to farm.
THE FIRST BAND OF SHEEP
On November 22nd, 1963 Elmer and Millie signed the final loan paperwork for the first band of sheep on Open Heart Ranch. As they sat in the bank news that President Kennedy had been shot came over the radio.
Along with the first band of sheep Elmer and Millie also purchased a forest service permit for the sheep that we still use today.
In the 1970s Open Heart Ranch became one of the first ranch in the valley to install an Irrigation Sprinkler.
AND THROUGHOUT THESE YEARS...
We ran sheep and a few cattle...and continued to improve and cultivate the ranch.
WARREN AND CARLA
Elmer and Millie's son and daughter-in-law, purchased the reservoir property (the location of Vista View Events).
IN 2011 WERE WE HONORED WITH THIS AWARD
Due to our water conservation practices and farming methods. For our Conservation projects to maximize water coverage and minimize water waste and responsible and conservation minded operation.
LEGACY AND TRADITION
Today at Open Heart Ranch you'll find 3rd, 4th and 5th generation Roberts' living at and running the ranch. Millie, our matriarch, still lives in the original home her and Elmer built. And in case you were wondering....we definitely still have sheep. You'll probably see some on your way to the venue!