Steam Pump Ranch Walking Tours!

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You might have driven along Oracle road and passed Steam Pump Ranch a thousand times and wondered….what is that?  You might have visited the Heirloom Farmer’s Market and never gotten past the last food truck to see the Pusch House Museum.  You might not know that Steam Pump Ranch is an “Historical Park” and on the National Registry of Historic Places.

You might not know that walking tours of Steam Pump Ranch are available and can answer many of the questions you have about the property!  The Oro Valley Historical Society offers walking tours of the property on the THIRD Saturdays of November (17), January (21), February (18), March (18) and April (15).

Tours are conducted from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and leave every 15 minutes.   Sign-up at the Oro Valley Historical Society booth at the south end of the Farmer’s Market.  Look for our banner!  Please note the docent guided tours are about 45 minutes on uneven terrain. Dress for the weather!

We hope to see you and answer all your questions about Steam Pump Ranch Historical Park!

Suggested donation $5.

Native American Heritage Month

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It’s a new month and a new exhibit!  November OVHS celebrates Native American Heritage Month.  Explore Native American history and culture that is part of the fabric of our local area.  The exhibit is open to the public at the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch (10901 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley) November 5, 12, and 26 from 9 to Noon.  The museum is at the far south end of the ranch behind the Farmer’s Market area.


We hope to see you!

Apache Burden Basket

October Exhibit!

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New Month, New Exhibit!
It’s October and that means there is a new exhibit at the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch – Where Cultures Meet. This month OVHS is celebrating Hispanic and German Heritage. Find out about the Pusch Family, early Oro Valley Homesteaders, and Hispanic and German traditions that even have some commonalities. Stop by the museum on the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturdays of October from 9 to Noon. (Don’t forget OVHS offers walking tours of Steam Pump Ranch on the third Saturdays of each month through April from 9 to noon…the museum is NOT open on the 3rd Saturday). We hope to see you!


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Check our “News” link and “Event” link for the latest news, upcoming exhibits and the monthly schedule of events!

Visit Steam Pump Ranch, a National Registry of Historic Places landmark property, and discover the treasured history of Oro Valley.

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OVHS Wants You! We Really Do!

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Do you have a few spare hours a week?  Do you love history…local history?  Do you want to share Oro Valley’s rich past with other members of the community?
If you said “YES”, then enlist as a volunteer with the Oro Valley Historical Society!
We are getting ready for our new program year and now it’s time for “All hands on deck!”
There are plenty of opportunities including: docents for the Pusch House Museum and Steam Pump Ranch tours, hosts for the OVHS booth at Steam Pump Ranch, garden assistants for the Heritage Garden, exhibit coordinators and more.
If interested, click “Volunteer” on the home page of this website!
Training for docents, hosts and/or any volunteer position will take place on
Tuesday, September 13 at the Pusch House Museum at Steam Pump Ranch.  More details/time are available when you respond with your area of interest.
With your help…

The Oro Valley Historical Society Board of Directors
Henry Zipf, President
Roxy Johnson, Vice-President
Paul Loomis, Treasurer
Sue Chambasian, Teri Colmar, Twink Monrad and Joyce Rychener – Directors



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The Oro Valley Historical Society is happy to announce that our popular Steam Pump Ranch Property Tour will resume on Saturday, September 17.  Tours begin at 9:00 a.m. and leave every 15 minutes. The last tour leaves at 11:30 a.m.  Tours are approximately 45 minutes.

The Steam Pump Ranch Property Tours are on the third Saturday of each month; September, October, November, January, February, March, and April.  No reservations are needed for the Saturday tours.  Sign-up at the Oro Valley Historical Society hospitality booth.  Look for our banner and booth at the south end of the Farmer’s Market area.

Please note that tours of the property are on uneven terrain and gravel surfaces and cover a circuit of about 1/2 of a mile.

Please note that the Pusch House Museum is NOT open during property tour Saturdays.

Suggested donation: $5.00

If you would like to arrange for a private group tour (i.e. Scouts, school groups, clubs, etc.) please contact: or leave a message on our Facebook page or message “Contact” on this website.

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