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April 21, 2010

History

In 1968, Howard Hughes, having seen the Warm Springs area during a test flight, purchased the entire Warm Springs Ranch.

In 1978, 2 years after the death of Howard Hughes, the Warm Springs Ranch was purchased by the L.D.S. Church. After a couple of years, the cattle operation started to decline, and the church planted fruit and nut trees, hoping to develop the ranch as a welfare farm. The experimental welfare farm was unsuccessful, so they sold all but 75 acres to other entities. The remaining acreage , which is now called Warm Springs Recreational Ranch, was subsequently developed into a unique recreational area for members of the Church. Included are many camp sites plus two large swimming pools. The Ranch hosts numerous large and small family and group outings, using ground water pumped from a private well to support the grassy fields and campgrounds. Service missionary couples are called to maintain it.

6 comments:

  1. I grew up in Moapa Valley, Nevada in the 40s and 50s. No one in the valley had a swimming pool at that time (not even the high school), and our favorite place to swim was Warm Springs. I just found your web site on my computer and I am so happy to see that the lower pool is pretty much as it was those many years ago. The culinary water in the Valley was very hard, and whenever my family or friends went up to Warm Springs to swim, we took our shampoo so we could wash our hair in the naturally-soft water of the spring! We used to climb up on the hill above the pool (as shown in your photo), drop down through the hole you can see at the top, and jump off the lower part of the cliff into the pool.

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  2. Wasn't there an intermediate owner named Taylor somewhere in the history of this ranch? Or did Taylor own it before Hughes?

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  3. What a shame. LDS only? I hope it catches fire again. Pricks.

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  4. When I was growing up in Las Vegas it was open to the public. Mid sixties. Ashame to keep this a private venue.

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