Ranch History And Local Attractions

Hunewill Ranch History 

  • 1861

    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.

  • 1880

    Hunewill Ranch House and Hunewill Barn are constructed.

  • 1883-1893

    Frank marries Alice and they have four children, three of whom survive: Lucile, Camille, and Stanley.

  • 1931

    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.

  • Today

    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.

Local Attractions 

  • Yosemite National Park, a breathtaking national treasure, is located 30 minutes from the ranch. This is an enjoyable day trip for our guests. For more information: www.nps.gov/yose/ www.yosemitepark.com
  • Mono Lake, an inland salt lake and home to the second largest seagull rookery in the world, is twenty minutes from Hunewill Ranch.  This State Natural Reserve visitor’s center is not to be missed! For more information: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=514 www.monolake.org
  • Lake Tahoe one of the world’s most scenic high mountain lakes is two hours north of Bridgeport. For more information: www.visitinglaketahoe.com www.tahoe.com