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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