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Walking Box Ranch

The 160-acre ranch Walking Box Ranch was the desert home of Hollywood stars Clara Bow and Rex Bell in the 1930s and 40s. Originally part of the massive Rock Springs Land & Cattle Company, the property operated as a ranch until 1990 and is listed on the National Register. The University of Nevada Las Vegas, in a joint management agreement with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is developing Walking Box Ranch as an academic site for desert studies and an interpretive center. A Save America’s Treasures grant enabled the consortium client to hire a team led by ARG to produce a Master Plan, a Preservation Plan, and a Cultural Landscape Assessment. As architect for the historic rehabilitation and for the new facilities, ARG will focus on sustainability in a harsh desert environment.