Historic Milestones

  • 1900-1910

    The Dexter House, currently used to house staff, served as a post office and stagecoach stop.

  • 1917

    Wilson Smillie purchases the ranch on Willow Creek and sends his brother Aubrey Fenton “Jack” Smillie to run it as the F Slash.

  • 1919

    Jack Smillie marries Gertrude Mildred McQueary.

    First guest houses built on the property when known as the F Slash Ranch.

  • 1920

    Jack Smillie buys the F Slash from his brother Wilson.

  • 1925

    The Smillies build the initial barn and several other structures to accommodate two dozen guests.

  • 1945

    The Smillies sell the guest ranch in the late summer.

  • 1946

    Dick and Katie Schoenberger purchase the ranch and rename it C Lazy U.

  • 1947

    Construction of the Lodge begins.

  • 1948

    Two wings are added to the Lodge to welcome the arrival of guests in the winter.

  • 1949

    Marion Palmer arrives at the ranch and establishes the children’s program.

  • 1955

    Head wrangler, Dawn Cone starts working at the ranch until his retirement in the mid 1990s.

  • 1957

    The Patio House and swimming pool are built.

  • 1958

    Clark and Peg Murray visit the ranch for the first time.

  • 1963

    Dick Schoenberger dies suddenly.

  • 1973

    Katie Schoenberger sells the ranch to George and Virginia Mullin who met at the ranch while on their honeymoon.

  • 1988

    Clark and Peg Murray purchase the ranch.

  • 2008

    Clark and Peg Murrays’ son, Brian, announces a new, extended partnership of families who have a collective commitment to preserving and revitalizing the C Lazy U as one of the last great American western experiences.

  • 2011

    Jacobs and Murrays sell their ownership interest to the Singleton and Bailey/Stanford families.

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My Husband of 40 years and I spent a whole week at the C Lazy U Ranch over Labor Day weekend and haven't stopped talking about it since. We have two adult daughters and can't wait to go back and take them back with us! We are 72 & 69 years old respectively but we are very active and love horses!

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