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Walking Box Ranch

Walking Box Ranch
Walking Box Ranch is located in Nevada
Walking Box Ranch
Location Clark County, at 6333 West State Route 164
Searchlight, Nevada
Area 40 acres (16 ha)
NRHP Reference # 08001392[1]
Added to NRHP January 30, 2009[1]

Walking Box Ranch, 7 mi (11 km) west of Searchlight, Nevada in the Mojave Desert, was founded in 1931 by Rex Bell and Clara Bow as a working 400,000 acres (160,000 ha) ranch.[2][3] The ranch covered 160 acres (65 ha)[4] at the time it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 30, 2009.[5] The ranch includes four buildings[4] and is owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).[6]

Over the years, Rex and Clara entertained many notable Hollywood figures, including Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Errol Flynn, and Lionel Barrymore.[5]

Later History

The Walking Box Ranch was purchased by Bell from the Rock Springs Cattle Company.[7] The company owned 1,000,000 acres (400,000 ha) in the Mojave Desert.[8]

The Nature Conservancy purchased 151,331 acres (61,241 ha) of land that surrounded the Walking Box Ranch in June 1994.[9]

The Walking Box Ranch was purchased by Las Vegas Gaming Investments in 2000[6] for $950,000.[10]

Listing on the National Register of Historic Places was one of the goals set out in April 2006 by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Bureau of Land Management, co-managers of the property. [11] The listing was awarded on January 30, 2009.


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  2. ^ KALIL, J.M. (2000-12-20). "WALKING BOX RANCH: Sale brings less than third of asking price".  
  3. ^ KALIL, J.M. (2000-11-19). "Ranch sells for $650,000".  
  4. ^ a b "WALKING BOX RANCH HISTORICAL/CULTURAL GEM". Public Lands Institute.  
  6. ^ a b "Caught in the Searchlight: Hsu, Reid, and the Searchlight Leadership Fund". 1918 News Server. 2007-09-14. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  7. ^ "Rex Bell". Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  8. ^ "Rock Springs Land & Cattle Company". Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Walking Box Ranch".  
  10. ^ "Citizens Against Government Waste". Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  11. ^ HOWARD, K.C. (2006-05-12). Walking Box' ranch recalled"'".  
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