Additional Notes for Rancho Nezhone (guest ranch)

See "History of Casas Adobes": "...Leonie Boutall, from Tennessee, decided to build a guest ranch in the early 1930s. The dry climate, her doctor told her, would relieve her bronchial troubles. Boutall bought 100 acres of ranch land just west of Oracle Road and south of a narrow dirt track now called Orange Grove Road... Here she built rancho Nezhone, a luxury guest ranch that drew the rich and famous to the sparsely settled area far north of Tucson. Kate Smith, Liberace, Gen. John Pershing and William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd were guests of this fabulous desert retreat. Boutall sold out in 1948."; and Mission Palms Apartments: "Back in the 1930s and 1940s, Mission Palms was known as Rancho Nezhone - Beautiful Ranch in Navajo. Raw desert land was cleared and a ranch, orchard, greenhouse, barn, and a 300-stone wall in front of the property, which still stands today, were built. The property was a retreat for celebrities like Liberace, singer and actress Kate Smith, Gen. John Pershing, and William Boyd (aka Hopalong Cassidy). After almost two decades of serving as a guest ranch, the main house was converted to apartments, a dining room was built, and the property became a guest resort and supper club. In 1976, the remaining monkeys and parrots were removed from the property, and the property became, as it’s currently known, Mission Palms Apartments." and Arizona Daily Star (3/29/09): Built as a private ranch in the late 1930s, [Rancho Nezhone] became a guest ranch not long after. Sold in 1948, it operated briefly as a kosher guest resort. By 1970 it was known as the Sahara Palms Motel. In 1976, the buildings were demolished for the Mission Palms apartments (951 W. Orange Grove Road)."