“Texas John” Slaughter was everything we think of when we recall the Old West — Indian fighter, Civil War soldier, cowboy, pioneer, lawman, tracker, gambler, gunfighter, rancher. Great-great-grandson of Daniel Boone, Slaughter was almost as colorful as his ancestor. He drove cattle along the Chisum Trail; helped settle Cochise County, Arizona; served two terms as sheriff; hunted outlaws and rustlers; played poker all night and built a ranch that now houses the John Slaughter Museum.
Located about a half-hour drive east of Douglas, you can see an actual herd of Longhorn steers, take a self-guided tour of the ranch buildings and an old Army fort from 1911. You can even bring your lunch for a picnic beside the pond Slaughter build from natural springs.
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The Ranch is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Admission is $5 per adult, free for children. (No pets, please, they don’t interact well with the livestock.) We’re located right next to the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, just a stone’s throw from Douglas or Tombstone, within easy driving of Old Tucson plus several national parks and forests.
Whether you come just to visit with us or as part of a bigger vacation trip, you’ll leave the Slaughter Ranch with a better understanding of America’s past and the men and women who built America, not to mention loads of great photos and memories. Plan to arrive early, so you’ll have enough time to see everything. When you get home, you’ll be telling your friends that the Slaughter Ranch should definitely be on their bucket list!
NOW! – $5.00 DONATION PER ADULT, ENTRY FOR MINORS IS FREE
Wednesdays – Sundays 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (until further notice)
THIS IS A PUBLIC CHARITY, BUT PRIVATELY FUNDED. IT RECEIVES NO GOVERNMENT MONEY WHATSOEVER.
Go east on 15th Street. At the edge of town it becomes Geronimo Trail. Continue east for 14 miles to the great white Slaughter Ranch gate with the letter “Z” over it. The first 5 miles you will be driving on a paved road and then the next 9 miles you will be driving on a dirt road leading to Slaughter Ranch. There is a sign at the edge of town and also one at the end of the lane going back to the museum.
From Phoenix or Tucson
Take I-10 east to AZ-80 east. Drive 64 miles to Pan American Avenue in Douglas. Turn left. Make a right on 16th Street, another right on E Avenue and then a left on 15th Street. At the edge of town it becomes Geronimo Trail. Continue east for 15 miles to the great white Slaughter gate with the letter “Z” over it. There is a sign at the edge of town and also one at the end of the lane going back to the museum.