The Edjumar Ranch, tucked up against the mountains at the end of the road on Upper French Creek, is a beautiful Bighorn Foothills ranch named after a favorite yacht of Mary Ann “Jonesy” Smith. The Edjumar was named for Jonesy’s siblings and herself by her parents with the first letters from each of their names; Edgar, Julie and Mary. Jonesy was an East Coast dude from New Jersey who bought the ranch after she had fallen in love with Tud Smith at a dude ranch near Parkman, WY. Like so many east coast dudes, the West called her to live the outdoor equestrian lifestyle. This lifestyle still exists today and the Bighorn Mountain foothills are largely unchanged and still pull the heart strings of those who visit.
Just a short 10-minute drive northwest of Buffalo, WY, the 806± acre Edjumar Ranch has 686± deeded acres, 120± of which are irrigated, 120± acres of BLM grazing allotment, and elevations that climb from 5,400 feet at Upper French Creek up to 6,800 feet at its highest point on North Ridge. This spectacular ranch, unencumbered by conservation easements*, offers beautiful and varying views of the Bighorn Mountains, French Creek and the surrounding valley from everywhere on the property. Within this amazing landscape, you’ll find many opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, hunting and fishing and many other recreation opportunities. The hunter and/or wildlife enthusiast will enjoy elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, possibly an occasional moose, black bear, lions, bobcats, coyotes, upland birds and many other species of non-game and songbirds.
Upper French Creek runs through the ranch for approximately 3,300 feet, providing a lovely riparian environment for wildlife and people. The creek itself should provide angling opportunities, not to mention the soothing aesthetics and sounds of running water in a mountain foothills environment.
The home, built in the 1890s, and outbuildings are modest, but the home with swimming pool offers potential for restoration and possibilities for a caretaker or manager. The ranch offers many sites for a new home or homes. The lovely setting is peaceful with incredible vistas and the ranch is capable of a small purebred cattle operation, or a great place to raise and ride horses. The irrigated meadows provide a nice compliment to the native grasslands. Not overly improved, the ranch has an older, modest 2-story home with a pool and with some renovation will make a super home.
Historically, the Edjumar Ranch has some interesting features from pioneer days to much earlier when the Plains Indians inhabited the land. One can still find Indian tepee rings from lodges hundreds to thousands of years ago, and if your eye is keen enough, you might even find some of their artifacts. It’s fun to search and try to imagine what it may have been like then. Bring yourself closer to present, a little over 100 years ago and you’ll find the old apple orchard with trees that were part of the Wyoming Heritage Apple Project during homesteading days throughout Wyoming. The Smiths have owned and enjoyed the ranch for several generations, running cows, riding horses and enjoying the family ranch. Now it’s time for a new owner to become a part of this ranch’s history on land that has remained relatively unchanged over time. The same “elbow room”, landscapes and clean air that have been here for millennia will likely stir your soul and take you to a place where you can enjoy all that this wonderful land offers without stress of more populated areas.
The Bighorn Mountain foothills have long been known as a place where landowners have protected, in perpetuity, the landscapes with conservation easements, thereby enabling themselves to federal tax credits. This ranch sits in an area with a conservation easement on the land adjacent to it, yet Edjumar Ranch is free from any easement at this point, which would allow a new owner to realize such a tax credit.