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PZ Ranch House Moldings

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Henry Zipf (far right) at his boyhood home, the Feldman Ranch House in, Dudleyville, Arizona.

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Henry Zipf 2010

About ten miles north of the dusty desert town of Mammoth, Arizona, you’ll see a dilapidated homestead with a red tin roof.  I knew it as the PZ Ranch, and passed it every day when I lived in Aravaipa Canyon.

I longed for a chance to some day tour the place.  I was dying to know if it had any of the original moldings, and if so, what did they look like?

My chance came when I was invited to tour the ranch with a few other local folks.  The tour was given by none other than Henry Zipf, great grand-son of the original 1890 owner, George Pusch.

Henry lived in the house when he was a boy, and his narrative was filled with simple, happy childhood memories of life on the ranch — the people, the animals, the landscape.

In the late 1800’s the PZ was a working cattle ranch, grew a number of crops, and also served as a stagecoach stop for those traveling along the San Pedro River.

When I walked inside the tumbledown old home, I was elated to find that most of the moldings were still there.

The baseboard, door trim, picture rails, were all made from simple, one inch thick flat-stock.

All of these ranch moldings are wide — about 10″ tall for the baseboard and about 6″ wide for the door trim and picture rail.

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