James and Agnes Morrison bought the 80-acre Antelope Valley Ranch in 1887. They raised four children who helped on the ranch and eventually went on to establish their own ranches. Their daughter Elizabeth graduated from Eureka County High School in 1907 and homesteaded in Copenhagen Canyon, about 13 miles from the home ranch. When James died in 1908, Elizabeth would ride to the home ranch every day to help her mother until Agnes died in 1921. Elizabeth married George Englebright in 1912 and they had three children while running both ranches. Elizabeth divorced Englebright and married William Martin in 1923, adding two more children to the family. Before her death in 1979 at the age of 92, Elizabeth had been honored as the Eureka County Centennial Queen and was recognized as a member of the Early Day Nevada Families during Nevada’s centennial celebration in Carson City. According to Elizabeth’s granddaughter Vickie Buchanan, Elizabeth always said she had lived in the greatest era in time, going from the horse and buggy days to seeing a man walk on the moon. “She was a true pioneer, a ranching woman who did what needed to be done to keep her business going,” said Buchanan. Today, the Martin Ranches cover about 800 acres and lease about 40,000 acres of public land. In 2013, the Martin Ranch was a recipient of the Nevada Centennial Award Ranch & Farm Award.


This entry is from the Nevada Centennial Awards Ranch & Farm Program which recognizes agricultural families who have owned and operated the same land in Nevada for 100 years or more. Forty-seven families have now been inducted into the program that began in 2004. The awards program is sponsored by the Nevada Agriculture Plate funds, Farm Bureau, Agricultural Foundation, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Cattlemen’s Association and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information about the Nevada Centennial Awards Ranch & Farm Program please visit http://agri.nv.gov/.