Century Farms and Ranches Web Exhibit
About the Rice Ranch
Established by James Norval Rice in 1853
Location: Linn County
Current Owner: Richard N. Rice
Eighteen-year-old James Norval Rice came to Oregon in 1850 with his father’s wagon train. He established his donation land claim six miles from present-day Sweet Home three years later. Besides farming, Rice took time out to serve with the Oregon Mounted Volunteers in the Rogue River Indian War of 1855-1856. In 1882 he served Linn County as a representative to the Oregon Legislative Assembly.
The old orchard still remains on the ranch, but the earlier horses, milk cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and goats have been replaced with beef cattle. Eighty acres of the ranch are in timber.