This ranch is named for the famous Split Rock, background far right of frame, with a fun story attached to the formation. The cleft in the rock made it a standout landmark for many miles. A station for the Pony Express was created here, with a young William Cody (later known as Buffalo Bill Cody), as part of the team.
At the age of 14, Buffalo Bill Cody gained fame for completing one of the longest rides in Pony Express history. Arriving at the end of his run, young Will discovered that the rider he was to hand off to had died. Will continued the needed journey and ended up traveling 322 miles in 21 hours and 40 minutes. He used 21 horses in completing the trek.