Hunewill Ranch History
Napoleon Bonaparte Hunewill starts a lumber mill in Buckeye Canyon. He supplies lumber to the town of Bodie hauling the wood across Bridgeport Valley with teams of oxen. Later he moves down into the Bridgeport Valley with his wife Esther and son Frank, raising cattle to supply beef to the miners of Bodie.
Hunewill Ranch House and Hunewill Barn are constructed.
Frank marries Alice and they have four children, three of whom survive: Lucile, Camille, and Stanley.
Stanley and his second wife, LeNore, start taking in guests to offset the financial devastation of the Great Depression. LeNore is certain that people will come to the beautiful Bridgeport Valley to ride, fish, and work cows. She works hard to realize this dream and lives to see it grow from a few guests to over fifty a week.
Stanley and LeNore's son, Stan, and his wife Jan were involved with the guest ranch operation for the last fifty years and have passed on it on to to their children, Jeff, Betsy, and Megan. Stan passed away in 2014 and Jan is still very active on the ranch. Today,Jeff, Betsy, and Megan"s spouses', ( Denise, Jon, and Bart) as well as their children ( the sixth generation- Blair, Leslie, Tyler, Dalton, Rhiannon, and Aspen) continue the tradition of western hospitality on the Hunewill Ranch.