The ranching community is set to gather Saturday to celebrate the area’s ranching history as well as commemorate the original opening of the Phippen Museum.
It’s the 12th annual Fall Gathering, which is always special as it brings together the ranching community and the museum, said Museum Marketing & Communications Director Edd Kellerman. While there’s not as many ranchers as there used to be, there are still families that have passed ranching down through the generations, Kellerman said.
“There’s still a very strong history and those people that do that kind of thing gravitate together so they end up being a pretty strong community. Everybody knows the different ranch foremen and whose running what kind of cattle and what they’ve got going on in their different area of the world,” he said. “It gives them a chance once a year to kind of come together.”
The beams around the museum have different brands burned into them, which is part of what happened when the museum opened, Kellerman said, noting the ranchers got together, brought their brands over and put their stamp into the museum.
The Fall Gathering doesn’t just commemorate the museum’s opening though, as it also includes the induction ceremony for the Rancher and Cowboy Hall of Fame, he said, commenting that this year Ray and Rex Hinshaw will be inducted.
Identical twins born in Iowa and raised in Colorado, both had the nickname “Doc” and wanted to be veterinarians, according to biographies emailed by Kellerman. After World War II, Rex graduated from veterinary school and worked with the Arizona Racing Commission and served as chief veterinarian for horse and dog racing while serving on the Arizona Board of Veterinary Examiners and Ray graduated from veterinary school and opened an animal practice in Buckeye. The two owned a small ranch north of Prescott where they kept horses and cattle for more than 50 years. They had a large influence on local ranchers, Kellerman said.
“They’d be called on to come out and look at sick animals or deal with whatever kind of problems they were having out there,” he said. “So they were really well-known. Ray was personally inducted into the Veterinary Medical Association Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Cattle Growers Association, the Arizona Cattle Feeders Association. They kind of followed the same track.
The event will also see “Mesa Treasure,” a sculpture by Alvin Marshall, raffled off. A Native American artist, Marshall does displays at the Memorial Day Show and is also featured in the museum’s exhibits, Kellerman said. Tickets for the raffle are $5 or five for $20.
The Rusty Pistols will provide entertainment and there will be a ranch style barbecue by Big Daddy E’s. It starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Admission to the Fall Gathering is $25. For more information, call the museum at 928-778-1385. The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 Highway 89.