The Corncob Ranch
Established in 1876
In the 1860s, soldiers traveling through the area found piles of corncobs along the creek of a summer Native American encampment, so they named it Corncob Creek. In the 1870s, the ranch was in turn named Corncob Ranch. The Corncob Ranch is one of the most historic ranches in Wheeler County. Henry H. Wheeler, for whom Wheeler County was named, was the original homesteader of the ranch.
Mr. Wheeler was an interesting man, and a key part in Wheeler county's history. As a young man, he was involved in a famous 40-mile stage coach chase by Native Americans that took place somewhere between The Dalles and Mitchell. Later on, he partnered in on the Gilman-French Cattle Company. This large empire drove cattle from Mexico to Canada, and the ranch housed many components necessary for their business; like a telephone and post office.
In 1976, Rockey and Rahlie Goodell purchased The Corncob Ranch as a result of Rockey's childhood dream to be a cowboy. Prior to moving to the ranch, he worked as a structural engineer in the Portland area. The Goodells chose to raise their family on the ranch, and have now owned and operated the ranch for 45 years.
There's lots to see on the ranch, whether you're on horseback or afoot. Both Whitetail and Mule deer can be seen all over the property, as well as a resident herd of antelope. Elk utilize the ranch as a travel corridor seasonally from the neighboring National Forest. There are also a variety of bird species on the ranch like turkeys, quail, ducks, herons, and more. Cattle, horses, goats, dogs, and cats also call the ranch home.
In addition to diverse wildlife, the ranch also hosts a variety of plant species. In spring, Blue Lupine and Indian Paintbrush can be found all over. Sagebrush, juniper, and pine are plentiful.