Special to The Explorer
Steam Pump Ranch, a 15-acre historic ranch located on Oracle Road in Oro Valley, has been listed in National Register of Historic Places effective Sept. 2, according to a release from the town.
Listing in the National Register of Historic Places provides formal recognition of a property's historical, architectural, or archeological significance based on national standards used by every state. Among the benefits of the national designation:
• Becoming part of the National Register Archives, a public, searchable database that provides "a wealth of research information;"
• Encouraging preservation of historic resources by documenting a property's historic significance;
• Providing opportunities for specific preservation incentives, such as federal preservation grants for planning and rehabilitation; federal investment tax credits; preservation easements to nonprofit organizations; and International Building Code fire and life safety code alternatives.
"This would not have been possible without the efforts of our Historic Preservation Commission, and the State Historic staff and volunteers, who all worked together," said Councilwoman Salette Latas. "Everyone really believes in the potential of this site and has been very supportive."
In June, the Town of Oro Valley received unanimous support from the State Historic Sites Review Committee, part of the State Historic Preservation Office, for its nomination to be listed as a national historic site, stating Steam Pump Ranch holds "local significance" as an integral part of launching the region's ranching history.
The town has completed a master plan outlining restoration and future uses for the site. The national historic site designation now allows Oro Valley to move forward with its quest for federal funding to move forward with this plan. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has included a $1 million appropriations request for the project in the next fiscal year.