William Ladd and guests circa 1910 at Triangle L Ranch
© TLR archive photo
Historic Triangle L Ranch
Triangle L Ranch is a fascinating and enduring part of early Arizona history. Once inhabited by Apaches, in the 1880s the land was homesteaded as the “Boot Ranch,” named for its leather-making activities. The property was later purchased by the Ladd family of Boston and transformed into a cattle ranch. Among its early frequent visitors was Wild West showman “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
When New York financier William Trowbridge first visited Arizona, he fell in love with the Triangle L. He eventually purchased the ranch in 1924, turning it into one of Southern Arizona’s earliest dude ranches. What is now the Trowbridge Suite was originally his small adobe home and Western getaway. Trowbridge died in 1941, but the Triangle L Ranch remained a relaxing retreat for visitors, a private residence, and a working cattle ranch well into the twentieth century.
In 1978, Tom and Margot Beeston took on the restoration of the buildings and grounds. They continued the guest-ranch tradition and lived at the Triangle L for over twenty years.
Triangle L Ranch Today
Sharon Holnback purchased the Triangle L in 2001. As a mixed-media artist, Sharon has made art events and exhibitions part of the ranch’s evolving mission.
Today, the historic adobe barn is now the ranch's art gallery featuring contemporary exhibitions and installations throughout the year. The welding shop is an active metalworking studio, and the old workshop has become a gift shop filled with local arts and crafts. The barn Courtyard hosts events and the Sculpture Park blends art installations with nature. Each fall, the Ranch’s GLOW! festival celebrates light, creativity, and community.
With its old-fashioned Western charm, tranquil setting, and commitment to the arts and historic preservation, the Triangle L Ranch now attracts a wide variety of guests. Frequent visitors include teachers, ghost-hunters, writers, photographers, hikers, mountain-bikers, birders, Zen-retreaters, retired folks, and people like you seeking a relaxing getaway or an outdoor adventure, and artists wishing to participate in the Ranch’s cultural offerings.