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 marries Lenore and she has the idea to start the guest ranch to help support the cattle business.

  • Today

    Stanley and LeNore's son, Stan, passed away in 2014. He and his wife, Jan, were involved with the guest ranch operation for the last fifty years and have passed it on to their children: Jeff, Betsy, and Megan. Jan is still very active on the ranch. Jeff, Betsy, and Megan, with their spouses, Denise, Jon, and Bart; as well as their children (the sixth generation) -Blair (Haley), Leslie (Ido), Tyler (Hannah), Dalton (Ashley), Rhiannon, and Aspen, continue the tradition of western hospitality on the Hunewill Ranch. The seventh generation of Hunewills are running around the ranch as well: Tule, Lenore, Leland, Alton, and Anna.

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