There is nothing the least bit contrived about this place. Lone Pine Ranch is the land legacy of stock market titan, Dean Witter. “Authentic” is the most fitting single word description of this historic landholding spanning across Trinity and Mendocino counties in Northern California. Comprised of three large ranches purchased by Mr. Witter starting in 1942, this ranch is gargantuan in size and nonpareil in natural beauty. With over 26,600 deeded acres all in one contiguous block, it is supported by viable cattle and timber operations. The ranch is conservatively estimated to have a carrying capacity of over 800 cows and approximately 30% of the ranch is a tenderly managed timber resource. There are over 16.5 miles of frontage on Northern California's Eel River, which covets National Wild and Scenic designation. Salmon and steelhead still migrate into these waters from the Pacific Ocean, and resident wildlife includes plentiful populations of elk, blacktail deer, pig, bear and quail. The old-time improvements convey the sense of a living museum. The main home, built in the 1930s, overlooks the Eel River canyon from a vantage point that still looks today much like it did when Mr. Witter made the decision to build here. The creak of the screen doors is an auditory time machine that journeys back to the innocent joys of childhood.
Just the Facts
- 26,601± deeded acres
- Over 16.5 miles of Eel River frontage which covets National WIld and Scenic designation
- Cattle and timber operations
- Strong and diverse wildlife populations
- Classic improvements
- The land legacy of Dean Witter
- Temperate climate
There are two primary entrances to the ranch both of which come in from the east side. One entrance is closer to the north end of the ranch and the other closer to the south. The ranch was acquired in three stages by Dean Witter starting in 1942. Each of the three acquisitions, Lone Pine Ranch, Armstrong Ranch and The Horse Ranch, are collectively known as “Lone Pine Ranch”. There are three clusters of improvements each of which is situated on the original acquisitions. One of these clusters, the Armstrong Ranch, is located east of the predominant ridge in the northern region of the ranch. The Horse Ranch is also located east of the divide and is closer to the southern third of the ranch from north to south. The Lone Pine Ranch compound is situated near the northern boundary of the ranch not far east of the Eel River and south of Kekawaka Creek. It is perched in a spot that absorbs impressive elevated views of the river bottom. There is a tremendous amount of topographic diversity on the ranch and the road system is impressive as it provides good vehicular access to most parts of the ranch. Elevations range from just below 400 feet at the downstream end of the Eel River to over 4,150 feet on Horse Ranch Peak.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Timber: 6,900± Acres
Grazing: 19,656± Acres
Cattle and Equipment will be made available for purchase but are not included in the price. No other personal property is available for purchase.
Lone Pine Ranch Farmstead Area
Main Residence: The main residence (5,300 square feet, plus 120 square foot covered porch) is a ranch style irregular-shaped structure that is partially single-story and partially two stories. The foundation is primarily raised concrete, with slab floor in some of the lower story areas. It has a wood frame, wood siding, and painted steel roof. The main living area has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, a large open ceiling living room, formal dining room (with butler’s pantry), and a breakfast area with a sitting room off the kitchen. Interior floors are wood and linoleum; walls are wallboard and paneling. The lower story area has four bedrooms (with direct outside access) and two bathrooms. The house is situated on a hillside with views of the Eel River. It has one central air conditioning unit and four window air conditioning units. The original blueprints of the house, dated 1930, indicate they were commissioned by J Sheldon Potter, whose family had large land holdings in California from mid-late 19th century.
Dwelling (on hill)
This dwelling (1,190 square feet, plus 96 square foot covered porch) is a single-story ranch style, slightly irregular-shaped structure used for ranch labor housing. It has a raised concrete foundation, wood frame, wood siding, and aluminum roof. There are two bedrooms and one bathroom. Unfinished storage area with a dirt floor is located beneath a portion of the structure.
This structure (972 square feet, plus 240 square foot covered porch) is a single-story ranch style rectangular-shaped structure that is typically used for ranch labor housing. It has a raised concrete foundation, wood frame, wood siding, and aluminum roof.
This structure (2,500 square feet) has a mud sill and rock foundation, wood plank floor, wood frame and siding, and galvanized iron roof.
This structure (2,000 square feet) has a raised concrete foundation, dirt floor, wood frame and siding, and galvanized iron roof.
Pole Equipment Shed
This structure (1,370 square feet) has a concrete and mud sill foundation, concrete slab and dirt floor, wood pole frame and siding, and galvanized iron roof.
Site improvements include landscaping, fencing, graveled driveway areas, and a heated swimming pool (17’ x 38’).
Horse Ranch Farmstead Area
The manager’s residence (1,140 square feet, plus 432 square foot covered porch) is a single-story ranch style rectangular-shaped structure. It has a raised concrete foundation, wood frame, wood siding, and galvanized iron roof. There are two bedrooms and one bathroom, a kitchen and sitting room. It is situated on a hillside with views of a large canyon landscape area.
This structure (400 square feet) is located near the manager’s residence, has a mud sill foundation, wood frame, wood siding, and painted steel roof.
This dwelling (1,860 square feet) is a single-story ranch style slightly irregularshaped structure used for ranch labor housing. It has a raised concrete foundation, wood frame, wood siding, and galvanized iron roof.
This structure (572 square feet) is located near the log house, has a mud sill foundation, wood frame, wood siding, and painted steel roof. It has two bedrooms, one bath, living room and kitchen.
Small Bunk House
This structure (1,130 square feet, plus 96 square foot covered porch) is a singlestory ranch style rectangular-shaped structure used for ranch labor housing. It has a raised concrete foundation, wood frame, wood siding, and galvanized iron roof.
This 10-stall structure (2,280 square feet, plus 312 square feet upstairs storage) has a mud sill foundation, dirt floor, wood pole frame and siding, and galvanized iron roof.
Pole Equipment Shed
This structure (2,400 square feet) has concrete, mud sill, and concrete pier foundation, concrete slab, wood frame and siding, and galvanized iron roof.
This structure (2,635 square feet) has a dirt floor, wood pole frame, and painted steel roof.
This structure (2,220 square feet) has a mud sill foundation, dirt floor, wood pole frame, galvanized iron siding, and galvanized iron roof.
This structure (1,920 square feet) has a concrete foundation, dirt floor, wood frame, wood siding, and galvanized iron roof.
A cattle scale with pole shed (288 square feet) is located at the corrals. The scale nameplate indicates Edwards model 5x5, serial no. 1017, 2.5 tons capacity. The weighing platform is 8’x16’ with board fence sides and gates.
Armstrong Ranch Farmstead Area
The dwelling (1,104 square feet) is a single-story ranch style L-shaped structure. It has a raised concrete foundation, wood frame, wood siding, and galvanized iron roof. There are two bedrooms, one bath, kitchen, and half story sleeping loft.
This structure (1,188 square feet) has a concrete slab floor, wood frame, wood siding, and painted steel roof.
Pole Hay Barn
This structure (2,400 square feet, plus 1,600 square foot overhangs) has a dirt floor, wood pole frame, open siding, and painted steel roof (18’ clear span).
This structure (1,536 square feet) has a concrete pier foundation with a dirt floor, wood frame, wood siding, and galvanized iron roof.
Site improvements include landscaping, fencing, and graveled driveway areas.
In addition to the farmstead improvements details above there are cattle facilities located elsewhere on the ranch as follows:
This structure (800 square feet) has a raised concrete foundation with a concrete slab floor, wood frame, galvanized iron siding, and galvanized iron roof.
A cattle scale with open-sided pole shed (342 square feet) is located at the corrals. The scale nameplate indicates Edwards model 5x5, serial no. 1032, 10,000 pounds capacity. The weighing platform is 7’x14’ with board fence sides and gates.
The extensive wood corrals are set up for livestock handling, including alleys, a working chute area, etc.
This structure (3,500 square feet) has a raised concrete and mud sill foundation with a dirt floor, wood frame, wood siding, and aluminum roof.
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