August 17, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen
A Rexburg ranch with roots back to the pioneer days is opening up its nine acres to people looking for a place to stay in anticipation of the historic Great American Eclipse.
"It should be a perfect location to see [the eclipse]," Kim Westover, one of the board members over the ranch, told BYU-Idaho. "
The original 1890 homestead stretched 40 acres into the southeast Idaho countryside and belonged to William and Ruth Westover, pioneers to the Rexburg area, according to ranch's website.
"[William Westover] worked very hard just before his death to be sure that this ranch could stay in the family," Kim Westover said. "It became a non-profit organization in 1979."
Now the land is rented out for reunions, weddings and other large events, including the upcoming eclipse. Kim Westover says the ranch still has well over a dozen spaces for anyone who wants to camp out and view the eclipse.
"First off, Rexburg is very near to the dotted line in the path of totality...and so it's a really good spot that way," Kim Westover said. "We have wide open space with unobstructed views and so I think they'll be a really good view of the heavens."
Kim Westover says tours of the ranch will be available and guests can explore amenities like the soda shop, horse shoe pits, baseball diamond and other logistical amenities including indoor restrooms, showers and full RV hook-ups.
More information about ranch reservations can be found at https://westoverfamilyranch.org/