Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
Greenhorn Guest Ranch
Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch has pioneer roots in Durham, England where George Penman II was born in 1826 and his brother Robert in 1830. The Penman brothers dreamed of adventure and opportunity in America, so in 1850 they sailed to New York, along with their wives Sarah and Mary Ann. (The history of the Penman clan has some ambiguities and it is possible that they sailed one or two years earlier and married their wives in America, not in England.)
In the spring of 1971 Ralph Wilburn came to work at Greenhorn as a General Manager/Limited Partner. One of his first projects was finishing cabins 5-8 which had previous been framed & sided and in 1972 he built cabins 9-12 from the ground up and enlarged the Chuckhouse.
In 1974, Wilburn supervised building of the lodge and yet another expansion of the Chuckhouse. In 1981 the Rec. Hall burnt to the ground and Ralph and his team rebuilt it, doubling its size to include what became the full service saloon.
While living in the Greenhorn subdivision Ralph met Trish in 1979, when she moved from Quincy to Greenhorn. While Ralph was building spec homes in the area, he helped Trish place her single wide mobile home on her building pad. One year later in 1980, Trish became the Saloon Manager at Greenhorn and began dating Ralph and they quickly fell head over heels for each other. In 1981, Ralph bought his first backhoe and together he & Trish started their excavation business, Wilburn Construction, in Quincy. In 1985, Ralph and Trish were married at Greenhorn Ranch and began assisting the current owners, giving hay rides to cookouts and playing guitar together at the nightly bonfires.
In June of 2000, the ranch came up for auction. In love with sharing the authentic & magical feeling that guests experienced at Greenhorn, Ralph and Trish became the high bidders and escrow closed in July of that year. They started out leasing horses for the fall season and offering 3 day weekend packages while they were building their exceptional hospitality team. In 2001, operating from May through November, they opened the ranch fully to guests. Since then, Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch has become a nationally and internationally known vacation spot, well known for its hospitality, down-home cooking and relaxing ‘away from it all’ atmosphere. Enthralled with the feeling of knowing that guests become a part of the family when they vacation at Greenhorn as well as providing a safe, fun and unforgettable place for families to come and enjoy the charm of western vacationing, Trish and Ralph continue to run the ranch successfully as a Vacation Ranch and beginning January 2017 they have partnered with Rethink Industies as a retreat center in order to expand their professional endeavors and share the natural beauty of their facility with those in need of growth and healing.