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Burland and the Fitzsimmons Ranch was discussed in another thread related to the history of Burland. I thought at least one might like to know where the Fitzsimmons homestead was located. The attached map compares 1945 to 1987. It would be interesting to know if there are any remains of the Fitzsimmons home remaining. Pics are welcome if there are.

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ON the new map, the old "Fitzsimmons Ranch" still appears to be indicated with a light gray box on the 1987 map. I'm not sure what light gray versus the dark grey means.


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According to the Burland Homeowners Association webpage, "the original ranch house still stands on Pinion Road".

http://www.burlandhomeowners.org/index.php/history


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Thanks. I think I'm going to have to take a drive to see it.

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Thanks, Jim, for the information, but your history started way too late, and you got some bad information.

Charles Nickerson homesteaded 80 acres in what later became Burland Ranchettes, in 1883. His land included most of the valley in upper Burland, from about Old Highway 285 to the Burland Ballfields, and from about Quakie Way to a bit north of CR72. His house was near the west intersection of CR72 and Deer Trail Drive. Nickerson is best remembered as being one of the builders of the Burland lakes.

In 1889, Charles Fitzsimmons homesteaded 80 acres south of Nickerson's land. His home and ranch buildings were east of Burland Drive, between present Conifer Drive and Yellow Pine. Fitzsimmons also owned the Mount Vernon Hotel, which was located on Crow Creek north of the present Bailey Business Center. Fitzsimmons had two sons that stayed in the area, Jess and Perry.

Nickerson sold his land to Charles Fitzsimmons in 1919. Jess stayed at the family homestead. In 1929, Perry built the house that is labelled as Fitzsimmons Ranch in the 1945 map at the start of this thread. It is at 412 Pinon Road, and easily seen from Yum Yum Tree Road. Note that the Burland Homeowners webpage is wrong, this is not the original ranch house. Perry raised cattle, potatoes and lettuce. Jess raised cattle, and got a job working for the Forest Service.

As written in the Burland Homeowners website, Burkes and Weakland bought the land that was the Fitzsimmons Ranch. Jess bought a ranch at Shawnee, now called the X Brand Ranch. In the 1960s he was a county commissioner, and Fitzsimmons Middle School is named for him. Perry retired and lived in a house east of Shawnee.

Burland HOA is right about Weakland's house, on PC72 near the east end of Deer Trail Drive, but missed Fred Burke's cabin on Pinon Road at Burland Drive, and is wrong about Walter Burke's residence. Walter and family lived in Perry Fitzsimmons' house for a few years, then moved to the house on Deer Creek above the Burland lakes. In the mid-sixties, Walter, wife Merrilee and their five or so kids moved into the newly built house on CR72 at the entrance to Burland Ranchettes. They kept adding to their family, and added bedrooms as the family grew. When they finally moved from Burland, the house was so big that they changed it into the apartment building it is today.

Don Rankin bought the 40 acres that includes Perry Fitzsimmons' house and ranch buildings in 1963, and the Rankin Family still owns the property.


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