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Old 04-22-2008, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Gila County Arizona
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Just a general question, as I am from the occupied east coast.

Two years ago, I drove across the country. I took the Rt-40 route when I was heading west.

When I got to the south west, New Mexico/Arizona areas, I noticed road signs indicating "this Ranch, that Ranch further up", and so on.

Does this indicate a town, a development, or the place that someone grows cows.

Please forgive a dumb question.
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Old 04-22-2008, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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Just a general question, as I am from the occupied east coast.

Two years ago, I drove across the country. I took the Rt-40 route when I was heading west.

When I got to the south west, New Mexico/Arizona areas, I noticed road signs indicating "this Ranch, that Ranch further up", and so on.

Does this indicate a town, a development, or the place that someone grows cows.

Please forgive a dumb question.
Those signs are generally to dupe east-coasters into spending cash on some useless land There are no new towns that are going to pop up out of nowhere any time soon along I-40. The Kingman area is setting itself up to boom as a Las Vegas suburb, but that will be many years away since the Las Vegas real estate market tanked. Basically, there is no water along I-40, so there can be no development. There is no reason to pipe water in, because nobody lives there. It's a catch-22.
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:11 AM
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The Kingman area is setting itself up to boom as a Las Vegas suburb, but that will be many years away since the Las Vegas real estate market tanked. Basically, there is no water along I-40, so there can be no development. There is no reason to pipe water in, because nobody lives there. It's a catch-22.
I don't see Kingman as being a suburb of Las Vegas at all, because 100 miles is too far for most people to commute. I think Kingman's growth is being fueled more so by Californians looking for a slower pace of life, clean air, and cheaper cost of living. We have many friends here who are SoCal transplants. But I don't know anyone in town with ties to Vegas.

We're already seeing Kingman starting to expand down I40, as there are new housing developments spreading out, along with new freeway exits and shops. And of course these new areas are on municipal water.

To the original topic, I think all those freeway exits with "Ranch" in the name are indeed named after large cattle ranches which existed at one time in the area, or may still exist. When the rancher sells out to the land developers, they keep the nice nostalgic name.
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:33 AM
 
Location: In the North Idaho woods, still surrounded by terriers
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There are quite a few real cattle ranches along I-40...they are huge and usually leased government land and they do, indeed, grow cows . There are some developers who have large parcels of land who are selling off small ranchettes to people...not sure they are "duping" anyone. Buyer beware and all that. Most folks don't realize how many cattle are raised in New Mexico and Arizona because the grazing land is so vast that you seldom see them until roundup time...and yes, the cowboys still round-up cattle.
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Blake Ranch Rd is E of Kingman on I 40
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:03 PM
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Blake Ranch Rd is E of Kingman on I 40
So is DW Ranch Rd, which is the exit just before Blake Ranch. A little further out is Willow Ranch Rd.
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