Rockin’ R Gang

The Last Round-up: Rockin’ R Ranch Closes After 35 Years Of Wrangling Old West Entertainment

After 35 years of providing spectacular scenery, delicious BBQ beef and chicken dinners, gunfights, gold panning and horse-drawn wagon rides, and world-famous western stage shows that drew millions of people from all over the world, the Rockin’ R Ranch is closing it gates.

The Rockin’ R Ranch was a real pioneer ranch with a history as intriguing as the West was Wild.

A working cattle and horse ranch for generations, the old Rockin’ R brand has played an important part in Arizona’s history.

Big Jim and Sweet Mary Robson have owned and operated the Rockin’ R for 35 years. Big Jim’s great, great grandfather was Charles Innes Robson I, one of the original four pioneer families who founded the town of Mesa. Big Jim’s great grandfather was Deputy Marshall Frank Robson, who in 1896 was killed in the line of duty by Black Jack Ketchum, one of the Old West’s most notorious outlaws.

The wild and wooly West is just a colorful chapter in our history now, but the excitement and thrill of the Old West were the inspiration of the action found at the Rockin’ R Ranch.

As Big Jim, Sweet Mary, and the Rockin’ R Wranglers ride off into the sunset, The Arizona Beehive wishes these cowpokes “Happy Trails!”

The Beehive

The Arizona Beehive is a complementary East Phoenix Valley LDS lifestyle and living publication, published six times a year, featuring content on people to meet, places to explore, events to attend and businesses to patronize.

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