“Just after the turn of the century, Peter found work in the copper mines of Jerome. The mine belched continuous black smoke back in those early days, a toxin that slowly poisoned the air, not to mention the surrounding population. When a group of farmers won a lawsuit due to crop damage caused by the sulfur smoke, the mining company bought out nearly all the farms and ranches in the area, put a smoke easement – a deed restriction – on them, and sold them back to the farmers and ranchers. This easement prevented any future property owners from suing the cooper mine for the smoke it generated. The W Dart Ranch today has a parcel on it that is free of these smoke easements, one of only two such parcels in the Verde Valley.”
– Jim Keen, Great Ranches of the West Author & Photographer
This beautiful award-winning 12×11 fine art, hard bound, coffee table book featuring over 30 ranches in 17 states with nearly 600 photographs will make a wonderful addition to any home or office, and be a showing of your support for America’s struggling farm and ranch families.