Photograph of Walter Vail's home on the Empire Ranch ca. 1900.
Empire Ranch -- Buildings (F1) [Arizona, Southwestern & Miscellaneous Photograph Collection] Special Collections
Mr. Vail's Residence at Empire Ranch ca. 1900
Walter Vail's home on the Empire Ranch. When Walter Vail's wife arrived on the ranch in the summer of 1881, Walter improved the house with an eight-room addition including two bedrooms, a living room, a dining area, and a covered porch. The structure had twelve-foot high ceilings, three stone fireplaces for heating, and a fashionable half-hexagon bay window opening off the living room.