Head west to the Riddle Brothers Ranch in southeast Oregon - on the west flank of Steens Mountain - for a firsthand look at the historic livestock industry.
Walter, Frederick and Benjamin Riddle were three bachelor brothers who secured home sites and raised livestock in and around the ranch. Migrating from western Oregon, they settled in the early 1900s and built their ranch on both sides of the Little Blitzen River. About fifty years later, the Riddle brothers sold their ranch holding to Rex Clemens.
The BLM purchased the 1,120-acre property from Clemens in 1986 and has since managed the ranch for its historic values. Since that time, the area has been stabilized or restored and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.