Unlike many ranches in Arizona, the San Bernardino had a natural supply of water from Yaqui river drainage and artesian wells. These springs saved the Slaughter ranch during the severe droughts of 1892 and 1893 when many cattlemen went under.
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A National Historic Landmark, the Slaughter Ranch Museum was once the San Bernardino Ranch, belonging to John H. Slaughter, Cochise County Sheriff from 1887 to 1890. After numerous years, and a change in ownership, the ranch has been restored along with several outbuildings.
Visitors can glimpse the life of a turn-of-the-century cattle baron as they view the house, wash house, icehouse, granary and commissary. Bring a picnic lunch with you when you visit the Slaughter Ranch. There are many shade trees overlooking the one-acre House Pond which provides an ideal spot for lunch, as well as a good spot for viewing the birds attracted by the aquatic habitat.