Take a step back in time as you visit the historic John Slaughter Ranch near Douglas, Arizona. Texas John Slaughter was one of the Southwest’s most beloved characters and most feared lawmen. And here, at his ranch, originally known as San Bernardino Ranch you can enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and atmosphere that has been left largely untouched since Texas John Slaughter’s time.
A very well maintained attraction, Slaughter is connected to ranching, to Tombstone & to Mexico. Learn about it at his home & ranch through the self-guided tour. Walk the short hike to the site of a US Army outpost from 1911 in the era of Pancho Villa. Take a picnic lunch, there are tables by the pond.
- Lexanne C.
Had a great time visiting the ranch buildings and learning more about the history of John and Viola Slaughter. The property includes several ranch animals, many of which are rescue animals from the region, including horses, buuros, longhorn cattle, goats, and sheep. There is also a very large spring-fed pond with lots of cottonwoods and many varieties of bird species including vermilion flycatchers, Gila woodpeckers, and ring billed ducks. We topped off our afternoon with the stroll above the property on the old Fort grounds and took in the sights of the San Bernardino national wildlife refuge and a cross the border into Mexico. A really enjoyable afternoon.
- Trip Advisor User
We decided to check out this Cochise Arizona attraction one afternoon in February and are we ever glad we did. There is so much history told at this ranch on the US/Mexican border. All the ranch buildings are set up with displays telling the story of this place. Mr John Slaughter was quite a character..meanest good guy in the old west. He had an invention mind, even using irrigation in the early 20th century. It wasn’t busy the February day we visited and we found a great peace there. If you go, take the time to enjoy the many displays and don’t miss walking up to the old fort area. If you are a birder, you will find a lot to see around the pond area.
- Trip Advisor User
Although John Horton Slaughter was born October 2, 1841 in Louisiana, his family moved to Texas when he was a baby. The family was known there for their huge cattle ranches and the nickname “Texas John” stuck. Slaughter became acquainted with the ways of the Indian growing up and became an excellent tracker and marksman, which helped him during his service in the Civil War with the Confederate States Army. In 1874, John became a cattle driver with his brother near San Antonio where they started their own cattle-transport company. Later that decade, John decided to start a ranch in the Arizona Territory which led him to acquire the San Bernadino Ranch.
While John was a hard-working lawman he also had an interesting personal life. In his free time, Slaughter played quite a bit of poker which he was very proficient at. Like the law, John Slaughter also took poker very seriously. After being cheated out of his winnings by Bryan Gallagher, Slaughter went all the way to New Mexico to John Chisum’s ranch to find Gallagher and get his money back. Take a look at our John Slaughter page to learn more about this interesting historical figure.