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Roy Rogers' ranch sells for $645K
ORO GRANDE • The 67-acre dynasty belonging to The King of the Cowboys was sold to the highest bidder for $645,000 during an auction held Thursday night at Roy Rogers celebrated Double R Bar Ranch in Oro Grande. The auctioning firm, Williams & Williams Worldwide, started the opening bid for the ranch at $100,000.
The ranch, which features a 1,700-square-foot home, includes a classic red barn that doubles as a banquet facility and theater for showing movies. The homestead includes a stable with 15 stalls, a half-mile horse track and many fenced pastures. It also has a 1,200-square-foot brick home that is original to the ranch, which Rogers used as a museum for his acting memorabilia. Items that were was also up for bid included a Decker Brother’s 1863 Baby Grand Piano, an authentic Wells Fargo buckboard wagon that was used in their films and numerous other tools, collectibles and furniture.
The ranch’s previous owners, Eric and Anne Enriquez of Orange County, restored the property after they purchased it for $300,000 in 2002. Since then, it has been inhabited and preserved by his parents, who used it as a horse training facility. Eric Enriquez’s mother, who currently lives on the property, will be allowed to stay on the ranch for one year after the sale.
“When we purchased the property it was uninhabitable,” Anne Enriquez said. “Everything was dead. We put all the electrical underground, painted and my father-in-law trained his horses here. We put so much money into this place. This is very bittersweet and sad for us, but the new owners are so sweet.”
The new owner, Margaret Tom, is a retired social-worker from Kaneohe, Hawaii. Tom, who began purchasing investment property after she retired, said that she intends to give the ranch to her daughter and son-in-law to use as an operating a stable to keep their Arabian Horses. Tom said that her daughter and son-in-law had been unemployed for a couple of years and can no longer afford to keep their numerous Arabian horses where the couple currently lives in Colorado.
“I want to carry on the tradition of the ranch,” said Tom tearfully after the bidding was over. “We’re just so enchanted with the place and what it was meant to be and we want to honor Roy and Dale and include the people of Victorville.”
Tom did not give details on how she plans to keep the ranch accessible to the public, but was made aware of the Ranch’s prescheduled community events.
According to Eric Enriquez, the ranch was previously placed on the auction block in 2009, with a minimum opening bid of $1.5 million. The couple got little interest in the property and decided to hold on to it for a few more years before putting it up for auction a second time with Williams & Williams.
The property, which Rogers and Evans had ties to from 1965 until his death is 1998, primarily served as a horse training and breeding facility, as well as a local point of interest.
The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, which was located in Victorville until 2003, succumbed to a similar auction fate in 2009 when Christie’s Auction House sold the museum and its contents after failing to find greener pastures when it relocated to Branson.
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