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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Escure Ranch

Archaeological site

John and Marcus Escure, Basque immigrants from Spain, brought their sheepherding skills to Eastern Washington. While working as hired labor on others' sheep ranches, the Escures managed to build up their own flock. In 1940 they acquired a ranch on which they started the Escure Sheep Company.

Four young Basque sheepherders from Jaurrieta Spain arrived in the early 1950s to assist the brothers in a centuries old lifestyle of moving the flocks to summer pastures.

Today the Escure Ranch is visited by people whose varied recreational interests take them across land on which sheep once grazed.