HANSEN, Idaho (KLIX) – Stricker Ranch, a historic property south of Hansen, was visited Friday by about 150 students from Kimberly and Murtaugh schools.

It’s become somewhat of a tradition for the property to receive school visits the Friday before Mother’s Day, said Jennifer Hills, president of the Friends of Stricker, the group that manages the property. She said it’s always fun to see what captures the elementary students’ attention when visiting the site.

They’ll see a snake in the grass, a crack in the ranch house’s ceiling, or some other oddity and find that more fascinating than the many stories about the old homestead that sits along the Oregon Trail.

The site offers self-guided tours of the outside property. (Photo by Andrew Weeks)

Adults also like Stricker Ranch, which was built in 1901 by Herman and Lucy Stricker after their first home on the property once called Rock Creek Station burned down. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and remains a must-see stop for area visitors.

The ranch will welcome visitors from 1-5 p.m. Sunday to celebrate Lucy Stricker’s birthday and Mother’s Day. Instead of doing a luncheon like what’s been done in the previous years, the Friends will provide cake and ice cream.

Stricker Ranch is located at 3715 East 3200 North in Hansen.