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The Historic High Jinks Ranch

Original gold mine property of Buffalo Bill Cody near Oracle, Arizona

This is from the local book, Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains, available on Amazon and a free download PDF.

High Jinks Ranch

The famous High Jinks Ranch, tucked away on the northern side of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson and Oracle, Arizona has a long history of fame, invention, mining and intrigue.

The community mourns the loss of the High Jinks owner, Dan Blanco, who passed away on September 19, 2016. He spent the past six years renovating and remodeling the main building and the several structures that had been crumbling from neglect after being abandoned from several years after the death of its previous owner Dean Pritchard.

The High Jinks Ranch, located near the YMCA's Triangle Y Ranch, is a stone-mason two-story home built by Buffalo Bill Cody's foster son Jimmy Baker. The property is now surrounded by the Oracle State Park land next to the Coronado National Forest, six miles south of Oracle, AZ.


High Jinks Ranch

The High Jinks Ranch, the property once owned by Buffalo Bill Cody in 1912 has a home called La Casa del High Jinks, which is on the National Register of Historic Places in Arizona.

la casa del High Jinks, in Oracle Arizona

The house on the property was built in 1933 by Johnny Baker, the foster son of Buffalo Bill Cody. It is in this area the the famed Cody Stone is found.

The High Jinks Ranch holds a lot of history and intrigue. Many hikers stop off near the High Jinks to rest along the way on the popular Arizona Trail. Buffalo Bill Cody mined for gold, silver and other ores from the property 100 years ago when the valley was populated with miners digging mainly for gold. The home displayed Buffalo Bill Cody's memorabilla until 1945.

The area was called Campo Bonito and most of the mines in the area were in the Old Hat District, just south of near Oracle, Arizona, near the Triangle Y Ranch surrounded by Oracle State Park.

Continue reading about the history and legends of the High Jinks Ranch and to see more photos of the building.

High Jinks Ranch

"Ballads of the Santa Catalina Mountains" CD

Listen to songs and ballads on CD about the Iron Door Mine, the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Old West by Arizona historian Flint Carter. $9.95. Call 520-289-4566 for more information and to purchase directly. Mention the Iron Door web site.

Cody StoneCody Stone is from Southern Arizona, USA and designed as jewelry grade gold and silver in quartz. Cody stone specimens and hand made items are on display at the Oracle Inn Steakhouse & Saloon in Oracle, Arizona. Call Flint at 520-289-4566 or email [email protected].


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