a late frost
“Nestled among cream and chocolate colored hills, barren red cliﬀs, and towering rock spires lays a secret oasis: the Birch Creek Hiﬆoric Ranch. Established in the early 1900s, the ingenuity and determination of a Basque sheepherder and a West Virginia cattle rancher are still evident at the site today. Stone walls built in the Basque tradition still ascend the mesa. Remnants of a waterwheel hint at the lush alfalfa fields fed through the gravity irrigation system. Nineteen buildings and structures at the ranch contribute to the property’s designation as a hiﬆorical rural landscape on the Department of the Interior’s National Register of Hiﬆoric Places” (BLM Brochure).