Tom Sun Ranch

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Tom Sun Ranch
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Overview of the ranch
Tom Sun Ranch is located in Wyoming
Tom Sun Ranch
Tom Sun Ranch is located in the US
Tom Sun Ranch
Location Natrona County, Wyoming, USA
Nearest city Alcova, Wyoming
Area 4,160 acres (16.8 km2)
Built 1872
Built by Tom Sun
NRHP reference # 66000753[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966
Designated NHL December 19, 1960[2]

Tom Sun Ranch, also known as Sun Ranch, is a historic site along the old Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail, about 6 mi (9.7 km) west of Independence Rock, Wyoming on Wyoming Highway 220.


The ranch's builder, Tom Sun, was a French-Canadian frontiersman who later became a pioneer cattleman.[2] During the 1870s and 1880s the ranch was typical of many medium-sized ranching operations in cattle country.

In 1882, The Cheyenne Daily Leader, remarked that "the eastern person of inquiring turn of mind who writes to his friends out west to ask what a ranch is like would find his answer in a description of Tom Sun's."[3]

The ranch site was declared a National Historic Landmark on December 19, 1960.[2][4] At the time of its nomination as a landmark it was one of the best preserved ranches from the cattle ranging period and was 4,160 acres (16.8 km2) in size.[4]

Recent development and renovations[edit]

The ranch remained in the Sun family for four generations until 1996 when it was sold to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[5] Since that time some of the ranch buildings have been transformed into a visitor center for nearby Martin's Cove, an important Mormon historic site. Structures on the site have been stabilized and repaired, but the setting has been impacted by the development of parking lots and landscape designs not consistent with the original historic setting. However, large portions of the landmark area, particularly sections in public ownership, continue to retain their historic integrity.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tom Sun Ranch". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Tom Sun's Ranch - His Cattle Range on the Sweetwater - How He Uses the Mountains as a Fence". Cheyenne Daily Leader. December 8, 1882. p.3 col. 2. 
  4. ^ a b Stephen Lissandrello (January 5, 1976), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Tom Sun Ranch (pdf), National Park Service  and Accompanying 9 photos, exterior and interior, from 1975 and undated
  5. ^ "Wyoming's Sun Ranch to Catch Some Visitors". Deseret News. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 

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Coordinates: 42°26′36″N 107°13′06″W / 42.44333°N 107.21833°W / 42.44333; -107.21833