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Boone Pickens' Mesa Vista Ranch: Over 100 Square Miles of Prime Eastern Texas Panhandle Ranch with Outstanding Improvements
#TX230169
Roberts, 
64,809.00 acres
With the recent passing of Boone Pickens, the listing price of the Mesa Vista Ranch has been reduced from the original price of $250,000,000 to $220,000,000. LOCATION: The Mesa Vista Ranch is located in Roberts County in the Eastern Texas Panhandle. The ranch is located about 30 miles north of Pampa, Texas, and approximately 85 miles northeast of Amarillo. ACRES: 64,809 +/- Acres HISTORY: In 1971, Boone purchased approximately 2,900 acres along the south side of the Canadian River in Roberts County, Texas. Over the years, Boone began to assemble additional adjoining land positioned along the Canadian River corridor, and today the Mesa Vista Ranch comprises over 100 square miles of prime Eastern Texas Panhandle ranch land. As Boone's assemblage continued, he spent millions and millions of dollars to make Mesa Vista one of the best improved ranches in the United States. He used cutting edge conservation practices to enhance the wildlife on the property. Today Boone proudly boasts that the Mesa Vista Ranch is, "the world's best quail hunting." PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: As Boone expanded his holdings, his focus always remained centered along the Canadian River. Today, the Mesa Vista Ranch stretches approximately 25 miles along the south side of the Canadian River. This lush river bottom land creates the centerpiece for the property, but the ranch features an unmatched variety of land types ranging from rolling sand hills to elevated ridges, mesa points and gently rolling, open prairie lands. The river bottom and numerous major drainages support abundant massive cottonwood trees, as well as willows, hackberry trees and others. Much of the river bottom is sub-irrigated and suitable for native hay production. Live spring water is found throughout several of the major drainages. In an effort to enhance wildlife on the property, over the years, Boone has been a leader in conservation practices that are now followed by many other sportsmen in the country. As a testament to Boone's conservation efforts, in 2008 he was named the recipient of the prestigious Park Cities Quail Unlimited Lifetime Sportsman Award. Boone maintains a small cow herd on the ranch, 400-500 cows Boone has placed over 1,000 quail feeders and numerous deer feeders on the ranch. He has created a number of food plot areas and added a network of buried waterlines with small water outlets to create wet areas for quail. LODGE COMPOUND: The Lodge, along with multiple support structures is located in a manicured, tree covered "park-like" setting. It is common to view whitetail deer and turkey in the mornings and afternoons, with turkey roosting in the trees in the late evening. This Lodge Compound has been the major gathering area for Boone's family and guests over the years. It has served an important role as a place where corporate heads have met to discuss and craft multi-million-dollar business transactions, politicians and large donors have gathered for political events. Few if any facilities can match the beauty of the Lodge Compound. Initial construction on the Lodge began in 1988, with numerous updates and additions added over the years. Presently, the Lodge itself comprises in excess of 25,000 square feet with an additional approximately 10,000 square feet of porches and patio areas. Surrounding the Lodge is significant landscaping, in-ground sprinkler systems, and underground electrical service. Adding to the ambiance of the Lodge are numerous bronze sculptures tastefully positioned on the grounds. In addition to the Lodge and support structures, the compound features a lighted tennis court, a skeet/trap range, and a small golf course with two fairways and greens and nine tee boxes. The Family House, which was completed in 2009, is located west of the Main Lodge. This house is a two-story with a third floor lounging and viewing room. The Family House contains over 6,000 square feet of living area and approximately 2,500 square feet of porches and patios. The Pub is located north of the Family House and is a two-story structure containing approximately 2,250 square feet of air-conditioned area. The Gun Room is a freestanding, single-story structure containing over 400 square feet. This building was constructed in 2005 and features a lounge area, bathroom, and kitchenette. The Gate House, adjacent to the golf course, is a single family, two-story residence with partial basement. This house has approximately 2,300 square feet of living area, an attached two-car garage, and a deck area. In 2007 Boone constructed a charming Chapel located on the north end of the Lodge Compound area. This chapel is situated along the banks of a flowing creek and lake area. Adjacent to the Chapel is the Memory Garden, which was constructed in 2014. There are pergolas and a beautiful stair-cased waterfall feature behind the structure. In addition to the above, the Lodge Compound includes other support structures such as storage buildings and the Hilltop House, which is a children's play house. Overall, the Lodge Compound area is the most user-friendly facility on the ranch. It is designed to house large groups for entertaining or business functions. LAKE HOUSE: Boone's Lake House has been featured in Architectural Digest Magazine and Cowboys and Indians Magazine. The Lake House contains approximately 11,500 square feet of living area and over 3,800 square feet of porches and patios. The front entry door was originally the front door to Bing Crosby's home. The upper level of the home features a large living/great room with fireplace, dining area, master bedroom and bath, 1 1/2 bathrooms, kitchen, utility room, and elevator. A spiral staircase with stone imported from France leads to the lower level where there are two guest bedrooms, three bathrooms, wine cellar and tasting room, office, exercise room, utility room, cedar closet, mechanical room, and storm/safe room. Outdoor balcony railings are bronze and all balconies and porch areas overlook astonishing water features, such as lakes, ponds, waterfalls, and aqueducts. The landscaping, topography features, and water enhancements make the Lake House truly "fit for a king." AIRPORT AND HANGAR: The airport is located on the western portion of the ranch. The runway is approximately 6,000 feet long and 100 feet wide. The airport facility was designed and built with FAA approval and meets all of their requirements and regulations. Approach lights are installed along the runway. The runway itself is constructed of one-foot thick concrete. This airport runway is designed to handle most any size private aircraft. Adjacent to the runway is a 52,600-square foot concrete tarmac, which connects the airport to the hangar. The hangar facility contains approximately 25,000 square feet with epoxy coated concrete floor. It features a heated electric hangar door opening system, an attractive lounge and restroom area downstairs and a two-bedroom, two-bathroom pilot's apartment upstairs. The entire airport complex is located within an 8-foot-high game fence constructed of 2 1/2 inch steel posts with heavy gauge net wire. In addition, the facility is equipped with a standby 350KW generator system for auxiliary power. DOG KENNEL: The Dog Kennel is located east of the Lodge complex, between the Lodge and the highway. The Kennel contains approximately 11,000 square feet of usable kennel area, with approximately 3,600 feet being enclosed and air conditioned. There are 40 chain-link dog pens, 20 on each side of a concrete center alleyway. The Kennel is equipped with full office facilities, a large meat processing-center. The facility includes a veterinary lab, upper level storage, overhead crane and bathroom. WATER FEATURES: The Canadian River itself generally forms the north boundary of the ranch for a distance of approximately 25 miles. This river bottom is wide and fertile with a shallow water table. In some areas, standing pockets of water are common and portions of the river bottom are sub-irrigated. In the early 2000's Boone began a massive water enhancement project, likely never before conceived or duplicated by a private citizen. By dredging and building a chain of dams, waterfalls, lakes, and other water enhancements, Boone created possibly the largest individual water park ever envisioned. In addition to the countless lakes and ponds, he created a flowing, man-made creek called "Boone's Creek," which basically parallels the Canadian River. By dredging into the standing water table in the Canadian River bottom, this creek was formed. Boone, however, was not satisfied with standing water in the creek and wanted ever flowing running water throughout the creek bottom. With the use of well water injected into the creek, Boone's Creek flows several thousand gallons per minute throughout this stretch of roughly 12 miles of creeks, lakes, waterfalls and ponds, all of which are man-made. With a system of pumps and pipelines, much of this water can be recirculated and used over and over. Without question, Boone has created an unmatched oasis in the Texas Panhandle. WILDLIFE: The Mesa Vista Ranch supports a variety of wildlife. Whitetail deer thrive in the productive creek bottom areas and mule deer are found throughout the sandhills, broken ridges, and mesa points on the southeast side of the ranch. Aoudad are also viewed from time to time in this rougher portion of the property. Antelope are found on the open plains country on the southwest side of the ranch. Besides quail, dove are also abundant and water fowl are seasonally present on many of the lakes. Hundreds and hundreds of turkeys are common throughout the tree-covered bottom lands. Most all of the lakes have been stocked with a variety of fish, and fishing is reported to be excellent. The southern portion of the Mesa Vista Ranch is improved with pivot sprinkler systems and irrigation wells. Portions of this land are planted in a combination of wheat and millet, providing outstanding habitat for pheasant. All in all, with the water features, varying terrain, and conservation measures in place on the Mesa Vista Ranch, it would be hard to find a better recreational property in this area of Texas. RANCH RESOURCES: Roberts County is known to have prolific saturated thickness of quality Ogallala ground water, along with substantial oil and gas resources. The Mesa Vista Ranch is located in an area of prolific quality ground water, being in the Ogallala Water Formation. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of acres of water rights have been sold in Roberts County for municipal water purposes. Recent commercial water sales in the area indicate that water rights have a commercial value in the range of $400 - $500 per acre. As previously discussed, Boone acquired the Mesa Vista Ranch in a series of purchases over the years. Boone obtained water rights in the earlier purchases, but in more recent years, as he acquired adjoining land, the commercial water rights were already sold, due to their commercial value. Overall, Boone owns approximately 42,000 acres of water rights, which will convey with the sale. This is considered to be an extremely valuable asset. In addition to this water resource, minerals are also considered to be a valuable resource in Roberts County. Like the water, Boone obtained a portion of the minerals on the earlier land purchases, but as he expanded to the east and west in more recent years, he was unable to obtain minerals with these acquisitions. There is scattered oil and gas activity on the Mesa Vista Ranch. All of Boone's owned mineral interests will convey. In 2015, Boone's oil and gas royalty income totaled approximately $2,560,000. In 2016, with oil and gas prices declining, the total royalty income dropped to approximately $771,000. For the first nine months of 2017 the royalty income is approximately $541,000. Again, all owned water rights, all owned mineral rights, and royalty will convey with the property. There are a number of large, operating wind farms located in the Texas Panhandle. All wind generation royalty rights are also included. PRICE AND REMARKS: The Boone Pickens' Mesa Vista Ranch is offered for sale at a price of $220,000,000. It seems impossible to comprehend all of the improvements made to this property, whether it is structural improvements, water enhancements, landscaping, wildlife conservation features, or others. As example, thousands of tons of landscaping rock, trees, shrubbery, plants, etc. were imported to the property over the years. Early on, Boone hired Tommy Ford, an architect from Dallas, Texas, to help in the planning, drafting, and construction of the many improvements placed on the ranch. Together, Boone and Tommy had the vision to take raw ranch land and transform this property into what now represents Mesa Vista Ranch. In a recent conversation with Tommy Ford, he estimated that the total volume of building materials, landscaping rocks, trees, and other enhancements delivered to the ranch would exceed 120 trains, with each train load containing 110 cars of materials. Having overseen most all of the major structural construction on the property, Tommy estimated replacement cost of over $140,000,000, not counting the added cost of dredging and developing the lakes and creek water systems on the property. To our knowledge, no other ranch can replicate Boone's Mesa Vista Ranch. He has spent nearly 50 years transforming this Texas Panhandle Ranch into a wildlife paradise with spectacular water features and improvements fit for a king. The sale of the Mesa Vista Ranch is basically "turn key," including all rolling stock, equipment, pick-up trucks, hunting vehicles, farming equipment, furnishings, bird dogs, etc. The only exclusions are Boone's personal effects, livestock, and his vast art collection. The livestock are available to be purchased separately, as is the majority of the art collection. "You do everything to make the land perfect, hoping the next owner has the same passion." - T. Boone Pickens Qualified buyers can schedule a showing of the property by contacting the Brokers. Offered Jointly and Exclusively By Chas. S. Middleton and Son and Hall and Hall
$220,000,000
Matador Ranch
#TX457542
Cottle, 
131,000.00 acres
THE MATADOR CATTLE COMPANY 131,000 ACRES, MORE OR LESS MOTLEY, FLOYD, CROSBY, DICKENS, AND COTTLE COUNTIES, TEXAS Centered around the community of Matador, Texas, the sprawling Matador Ranch is steeped in history and today remains one of the most historic ranches in Texas, along with the King Ranch, Waggoner Ranch, 6666’s Ranch and Pitchfork Ranch. In December 1882, the Matador Land and Cattle Company was formed by a Scottish syndicate, which acquired approximately 1.5 million acres in Motley, Floyd, Crosby, Dickens and Cottle Counties.  By 1951, the acreage had been reduced to approximately 800,000 acres, which was sold to Lazard Freres and Company of London.  This development company subdivided these massive holdings and in 1952, Fred C. Koch, co-founder of Koch Industries, Inc., purchased the Matador’s Flying V cattle brand and the “50” horse brand, which had been used by the Scots during their 70-year ownership of the Matador Ranch.  Simultaneously, Mr. Koch acquired the Matador Ranch Headquarter Division, the Wolf Creek Division, and the Russellville Division, all centered around Matador. In the 1970’s he purchased the Lucky Knob and Tee Pee City Divisions of the Matador.  The Matador Headquarters Division features a 7,000 square foot, stone structure headquarters home/office.  The exterior stone walls are 24 inches thick and were built from rock quarried from the ranch and hauled to the ranch headquarters.  This structure was built in 1917 and is now over 100 years old.  This stately stone structure has been well maintained and continues to serve as the home for the general ranch manager and also as the business office.  The nearby Matador Cook House was also built in 1917 and is of similar construction. Since the original 1952 purchase by Mr. Koch, opportunities arose to purchase additional divisions of the Matador Ranch.  Today, besides the original Headquarters Division (approximately 36,429 acres), the ranch now comprises the Wolf Creek Division (approximately 21,379 acres) on the southwest side of the ranch, the Tee Pee City/Lucky Knob Division (approximately 41,077 acres), located to the northeast and the Russellville Division (approximately 31,962 acres), positioned southeast of the Headquarters Division, all together totaling approximately 130,846 acres. The far western edge of the ranch extends to the level Plains country above the Caprock Escarpment.  To the east of the Caprock, the majority of the ranch is identified as being in the Rolling Plains Region of Texas.  This portion of the ranch has a hilly and often rolling topography draining to numerous lower creek drainages.  Over the years, the ranch has had an ongoing brush control program, with brush being mechanically eradicated, aerially sprayed, and raked and stacked in some areas.  More recently, a new chemical just approved called “Invora” has been applied by aerial application in a thick Mesquite/Juniper bottom area.  Initial results indicate a very good kill rate for this new chemical. The Matador Ranch is nationally recognized for its quality cattle operation, typically maintaining a commercial cow/calf operation of 3,000 – 3,500 cows, plus 450 - 500 replacement heifers and 180 - 200 bulls.  By maintaining a very conservative cow herd of this size, in typical years the ranch can also run 1,200 – 1,500 stocker cattle.  The cow herd is a Hereford/Angus cross of Black Baldy Cows, with Charolais, Hereford and Angus Bulls used to produce high demand quality calves.  In addition to the cattle operation, the ranch maintains a horse operation consisting of ranch horses for the employees, broodmares and stallions.  The ranch maintains around 20 – 25 broodmares and 4 stallions.  The horse operation focuses on producing quality ranch horses with outstanding cow sense, good dispositions and the ability to traverse rugged terrain.  As a testament to the success of the horse breeding program, in 2013 the Matador Ranch received the Best Remuda Award from the American Quarter Horse Association and AQHA Corporate Partner, Zoetis. The philosophy of the Koch Family has always been to preserve, improve and protect the land.  The excellent ranch management, coupled with outstanding wildlife management, have transformed the Matador Ranch into one of the premier ranches in Texas.  Management has focused on land stewardship in the form of invading brush control through mechanical and aerial eradication, along with prescribed burns from time to time used to eliminate invasive plant species.  This brush control not only improves and increases livestock grazing, but also provides more desirable habitat for wildlife.  Additionally, water features have been improved and added, which helps distribute livestock throughout the ranch for better grazing practices.  The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s 2010 Lone Star Land Steward Award was awarded to the Matador Ranch recognizing their outstanding land stewardship practices.  Other land stewardship honors include: • 2010 Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award from      the Texas Section Society for Range Management/Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association • 2011 Region 4 Winner in the Environmental Stewardship Award Program sponsored by the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Fish and Wildlife, Dow AgroSciences, National Cattlemen’s Foundation, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association • Koch Industries’ 2012 Environmental Health & Safety Excellence Award • 2019 Beef Quality Assurance Cow/Calf Award Matador Ranch Description The Matador Ranch is located approximately 75 miles northeast of Lubbock, Texas and 120 miles southeast of Amarillo.  The ranch centers around Matador, Texas, the county seat of Motley County. Nearly all of the ranch is located in Motley County, but the west end of the ranch extends into Floyd County, the southwest corner of the ranch extends into Crosby and Dickens Counties and the far east edge of the property extends into Cottle County.  All divisions of the ranch have a combination of paved and graded county road access. The ranch is located in a desirable ranching area with precipitation averaging 22 – 24 inches per year.  Generally, the ranch receives 5 – 6 inches of snow through the winter months. Most of the precipitation occurs in May and June, with July and August being hot and dry.  In the fall the ranch generally receives beneficial rains, growing strong grass lasting through the winter months.  Most ranchers in this area run a cow/calf operation with supplemental protein feeding through the winter months.  The Matador Ranch has a conservative stocking rate so that stocker/yearling cattle can also be run in years of favorable moisture. Wolf Creek Division The Wolf Creek Division contains approximately 21,379 acres and is located approximately 6 miles west of the small community of Roaring Springs, or about 10 miles southwest of Matador.  Several thousand acres on the extreme west end are located on the level plains above the Caprock Escarpment.  Portions of this area were in cultivation at one time, but are now reseeded to improved bluestem pasture.  Other areas on the plains remain in native pasture.  All of the plains country has an open appearance with very little brush invasion.  Elevations on the plains country are approximately 3,000 feet.  The property descends from the level upland plains country to the Rolling Plains under the Caprock edge.  The terrain becomes broken below the Caprock with caliche, limestone and gravelly hills draining eastwardly.  Juniper is scattered throughout this broken country, mostly on the ridgelines and steeper drainages.  The major drainage below the Caprock is Wolf Creek, which heads just below the Caprock Escarpment and drains in a southeasterly direction through the ranch for a distance of approximately 7 – 8 miles.  This live flowing spring fed creek exits the ranch near the southeast corner.  The entire creek bottom is extremely scenic and very productive with much of the sandy bottom being subirrigated.  Sand Sage and Plum thickets are common in the creek bottom. Cottonwood trees, Hackberry trees, Willows and Soapberry trees are scattered all along the creek bottoms.  Elevation near the southeast corner of the ranch where Wolf Creek exits the property is approximately 2,600 feet.  Away from the creek the property elevates with gravelly rolling hills, scattered bluffs and draws draining to the creek.  This area of the ranch has a good turf of native grasses with a scattered to moderate canopy of Mesquite, Shin Oak, Hackberry and Juniper in the rougher areas. Further to the east, sandstone ridges are common above the creek with rolling sandy loam soils over a large area of this portion of the ranch.  Mesquite canopies are scattered to moderate with Sage and Shin Oak in the sandier areas.  A commercial gravel pit is located just south of the state highway and from time to time gravel mined from this pit generates additional cash flow to the ranch.  A paved state highway adjoins the north boundary of the Wolf Creek Division.  The plains country is partitioned into 8 – 10 pastures and the country below the Caprock is partitioned into approximately 6 pastures and several traps. Approximately 1,000 acres are high game fenced.  To accommodate hunters with a desire for even more superior deer than the natural genetics of the Rolling Plains, the ranch introduced superior whitetail deer in this high game fence area. The Wolf Creek Division is improved by two large sets of shipping pens with scales and hydraulic chute.  This Division is well watered by live creek water, pitted playa lakes, dirt tanks, wells and an extensive waterline network with drinking troughs.   The Wolf Creek Camp House, barn and pens are located on the highway on a separate 160-acre tract.  The manager of the Wolf Creek Division resides at this camp house. The Headquarters Division The Headquarters Division is immediately northeast of the Wolf Creek Division and this portion of the ranch is located just west and south of the Matador community.  The Headquarters Division contains approximately 36,429 acres.  This portion of the ranch has substantial highway frontage and also includes the historic Matador Headquarters stone house/office, cook house and main ranch shipping pens.  In addition to the main rock house, there are several employee houses on this Division.  In recent years, the Matador Lodge was constructed and added to the Headquarters Division.  The primary use of this lodge is to house commercial hunters, but it is also used for corporate meetings, weddings, family reunions and other similar functions.  The lodge is well constructed and features a large commercial kitchen, large great room with fireplace, eating area and 12 guest rooms with each room having full bath facilities.  There is also a store in the lodge where the ranch markets “Matador” caps, shirts, vests, and other Matador items for customers to purchase.  Just outside of the lodge is a covered barbecue pavilion with large fire pit, perfect for outdoor cooking.  The topography of the Headquarters Division is generally rolling and hilly, complemented by several elevated ridges overlooking creek and river bottom areas.  Dutchman Creek runs through the southern portion of the Headquarters Division and the Middle Pease River meanders through the north end of the ranch.  Seasonal holes of water can be found in Dutchman Creek and live water is found along the Pease, depending on the season.  Plum thickets are common.  Salt Creek is located south of the Pease and this area has a high-water table with surface water present at times.  Cottonwood, Soapberry, Hackberry and Willows are scattered throughout the lower creek bottom areas.  The historic Ballard Springs are found near the Headquarters compound and a mile or so to the west Hackberry Springs flows a strong volume of live water.  Elevations on the Headquarters Division range from 2,600 to 2,800 feet. The more broken portions of this section of the ranch have sandstone rock outcrops and gravelly hillsides.  Juniper is found in the rougher areas.  The majority of the country has sandy and sandy loam soils with Mesquite, Sage and Shin Oak scattered throughout.  All of the Headquarters Division is in native pasture with the exception of several hundred acres of improved Love Grass fields.  The Headquarters Division is fenced into five main pastures north of the highway and approximately 15 pastures and traps to the south.  There are numerous working/branding pens and main shipping pens equipped with scales and hydraulic chutes.  The Headquarters Division is watered by wells, an extensive waterline network with drinking troughs, dirt tanks and live spring and creek water.  The Russellville Division This Division of the Matador Ranch contains approximately 31,962 acres and is located southeast of Matador.  Access to this portion of the property is by paved highways and graded county roads.  The Russellville Camp is located in the south-central portion of this Division.  These camp improvements consist of the Russellville Manager’s Home, outbuildings and a very large set of shipping pens equipped with scales and hydraulic chute.   The west portion of this Division is described as fairly level and gently rolling country with deep productive soils.  This area has a solid turf of native grasses.  There were several small cultivated fields on this portion of the ranch and they are now seeded to improved grasses.  This portion of the ranch has varying concentrations of Mesquite.  Much of the neighboring land around this portion of the ranch is in cultivation, being farmed in cotton and wheat. To the east, the country becomes more sloping with pronounced drainages.  Mesquite is scattered through this portion of the ranch, as is Sand Sage and Shin Oak.  Towards the center of this Division the terrain becomes more broken, finally transitioning to rough breaks, canyons and ridgelines on the far east side of the property.  Juniper is more prevalent in this area of the ranch.  The western and northern portions of the Russellville Division generally have clay loam and sandy loam soils.  The more broken canyon country on the southeast portion of the ranch has red clay soils. The property is fenced and cross-fenced into approximately 25 pastures and traps.  Water is furnished by wells and an extensive waterline network with numerous drinking troughs and dirt tanks.  Even though portions of the Russellville Division are considered to be rough and broken, the waterline network is extended throughout major portions of this area of the ranch making the property very well-watered. Elevations range from approximately 2,000 to 2,800 feet. The Tee Pee City/Lucky Knob Division This Division of the ranch contains approximately 41,077 acres, making it the largest division of the Matador Ranch.  This unit is located northeast of Matador, approximately five miles northeast of the Russellville Division.  Access to the property is by paved highway on the west and graded county road on the south. The Middle Pease River enters the ranch on the west side and meanders through a major portion of the property for a distance of approximately 10 miles, exiting the ranch on the northeast side.  West of the river the elevated upland areas of the ranch are mostly loamy and clay loam soils with sandy bottomland in the draws and major drainage areas.  An extremely steep, rugged and deep narrow canyon known as the “Ditch” enters the west central side of the ranch, running in an easterly direction and merging with the Pease River in the center of the property.  In places this deep ditch serves as a natural barrier and can only be crossed by vehicle in a couple of places.  This rugged area of the ranch is very scenic.  West of the Pease the ranch has a moderate canopy of Mesquite with Juniper found in the rougher country.   Elevations on the ranch range from 1,800 to 2,300 feet. The Pease River bottom is wide and productive with sandy soils and sub-irrigated vegetation along the river channel.  Mesquite, Salt Cedar, Willows and Cottonwoods are all common in the river bottom.  East of the river, soils are sandy loam and loamy with Mesquite, Sage and Shin Oak. The property is fenced and cross-fenced into approximately 25 pastures and traps.  A small in-holding tract is located near the north center of the ranch.  Owners of this in-holding have historic access through the Matador to enter this in-holding tract.   The Tee Pee City/Lucky Knob Division is watered by the Pease River, dirt tanks, wells and waterlines with drinking troughs. Improvements include working pens, two sets of shipping pens and the ranch manager’s house with outbuildings. Summary With its long history and nearly 70-year current ownership of the Matador Ranch, this is a rare opportunity to purchase this fine working cattle ranch.  The property has been well improved, well managed and has the added benefit of great recreation and hunting opportunities. The Matador Ranch is very realistically priced at $950 per acre and one-half of the Seller’s mineral interest will convey. The offering of the Matador Ranch is an opportunity to own and enjoy one of the most historic ranches not only in Texas, but in the United States.
$124,450,000
Champion Ranch
#TX380707
Leon, 
5,000.00 acres
Located halfway between Dallas and Houston, Champion Ranch boasts over 5,000 acres of prime ranch land. Atop oak tree studded sandy loam hills, the property includes an idyllic owners home on a private 78-acre lake. In addition, the ranch has numerous barns, eight guest and ranch houses, and a 16-person bunkhouse. With over 20 additional lakes, stock ponds and live river streams, Champion Ranch is also home to a sprawling peach orchid that currently produces 18 varieties of peaches. Dinner and dancing are conducted in the 2,200 sq. ft. on-property Saloon. With two bars, a piano and sound system, the Saloon seats up to 130 guests for corporate or private events. There are 36 oil and gas wells situated on the property. The underground mineral ownership rights, included in the deal, currently produce significant income as well as prospective future fortunes. Livestock include herds of purebred Brangus breeder cattle and award-winning horses. Ranch equipment and more are offered in the turn key sale. The Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation, established in 2006, is slated to receive the majority proceeds of the multi-million dollar ranch sale and distribute between the 4-H Youth Development Foundation and FFA, previously Texas Future Farmers of America. The sale includes 100% of all oil and gas well rights, existing and future royalty income streams, approximately 1,000 head of purebred cattle, and more. Champion Ranch Oil and Gas: - 100% of owned mineral rights and oil & gas income convey, no reservations. - 36 ranch wells - 16 producing wells. 12 horizontals / 4 verticals Champion Ranch Cattle: - Brangus Cow Calf Operation - Ranch Capacity: 1,200 Head during normal rainfall and temperate years Champion Ranch Water Sources: - 14 working water wells (not including oilfield) - 3 artesian wells - 1 78 acre lake, stocked with bass & catfish - 20+ smaller lakes & ponds throughout the ranch (most stocked with bass & catfish) Live Water: - Keechi Creek runs through the middle of the ranch (North to South) - Beaver Creek runs northern boundary of the ranch - A natural wetland is located on the NE corner of the ranch Champion Ranch Improvements: Main House - 3,992 sq. ft., Built 2002, 3 bed/2 bath - Car Port (960 sq. ft.) - Guest Quarters (660 sq. ft.) - Weight Room (600 sq. ft.) - Office/Museum (1,600 sq. ft.), Built 2014 - Swimming Pool Second Owners House (Yellow House) - 4,500 sq. ft., Built 2014, 4 bed / 3.5 bath Manager's House - 2,698 sq. ft., Built 1978 - Car Port (532 sq. ft.) - Metal Shop / Covered swimming pool (1,290 sq. ft.) - Bath house (744 sq. ft.) Camp House - 2,676 sq. ft., Built 2012, 2 bed/2 bath - This Bunkhouse/Guesthouse sleeps 16+ people with family room, kitchen, breakfast bar, dining area, utility room with washer, dryer, and storage, "unused" smoke house, picnic pavilion with BBQ pit, concrete sidewalks, and burn pit with overlooking view. Cattle Manager's house (White House) - 1,812 sq. ft., Built 1958, 4 bed/3 bath - Wood frame house with carport and several out buildings, paved driveway, fully fenced. 4 Ranch Houses - 1,400 sq. ft., Built 1994-2008, 3 bed/2.5 bath - Laundry room, office area, kitchen with breakfast bar, dining area, and family room. Ranch House - 1,400 sq. ft., Built 1984, 2 bed/2 bath - Remodeled, laundry room, kitchen, dining area, and family room. Ranch Buildings: Horse Barn and Stables - 11,800 sq. ft., Built 2008 - apartment living quarters and bath, 2 offices, tack room, bathroom, music control room, horse wash area, horse walker, round working pen, paved drive and parking. Covered Arena - 52,500 sq. ft., Built 2001 - grand stands, rodeo bucking chutes, pens, paved entry Sales Arena - 2,160 sq. ft., Built 2001 - Livestock auction style sale arena with theater type seating, ticket/bookkeeping office area. Pens connect with covered arena, paved drive entry, central air & heat. Saloon - 2,208 sq. ft., Built 2012 - 2 bathrooms, seats 130 people, dance floor, large bar and back bar, piano, bandstand, sound system for bands or public speaking, large covered porch with lounge chairs and tables, central air and heating, ceiling fans, fully furnished. Main Office - 2,400 sq. ft., Built 1992 - 2 bathrooms, conference room, 2 large offices, 2 smaller offices, reception desk and reception area with seating, fully furnished, central air and heat, internet and satellite services, electric entry gate, paved entry and parking, covered porch with rocking chairs. Covered Working Barn with Pens - 26,090 sq. ft., Built 1984 - Remodeled several times since it was built, bathroom, tack room, feed room, horse stalls, hydraulic working chutes and numerous sorting pens. Paved entry and parking, 18-wheeler and cattle trailer loading area, and numerous outside holding pens. Peach Barn - 6,250 sq. ft., Built 2012 - With apartment living quarters, 2 baths, 2 walk-in coolers, 4 large "roll-up" doors, covered parking, electric gate, white rock entry and parking, peach processing table for washing and sort Tractor Equipment Shed and Shop - 2,880 sq. ft., Built 1984 - Shop with tools for working on equipment, overhead fuel tanks, overhead bulk feed bins, pipe racks for pipe storage, paved entry and parking. Office Shop - 1,800 sq. ft., Built 1980's - Ranch maintenance storage area and shop for lawn mowers, carpentry tools, lumber, etc. Smoke House & Processing Facility - 500 sq. ft.
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Big Wyoming Ranch
#WY342041
Weston, 
150,085.00 acres
The Big Wyoming Ranch is a combination of three large, low-overhead grass ranches, all of which are easily-accessible year-round via well-maintained graveled county roads. The ranch consists of 91,746+ deeded acres, 8,240± State of Wyoming lease acres, 33,560± Thunder Basin National Grassland permit acres, and 16,539± BLM lease acres for a total of 150,085+ acres. Historically, the Big Wyoming Ranch has been used as a year-round cow/calf operation and is owner-rated for an average of 3,660 pairs plus bulls and ranch horses. The ranch is well watered and consists of several solar wells, submersible wells, windmills, reservoirs and live water that provide ample water for livestock and wildlife. Grazing is maximized with cross-fencing and underground pipelines to provide stock water strategically throughout the ranch. Improvements include twelve houses, shops, storage buildings, barns, several additional livestock sheds and other outbuildings, and several sets of working corrals. The Big Wyoming Ranch a superb, low-overhead grass ranch with extensive variety of wildlife that includes mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, elk, wild turkeys, and a several species of small game.
$50,369,000
Swenson Family Flat Top Ranch
#TX245957
Jones, 
41,000.00 acres
This property has been recently reduced from $1200 per acre to $985. The Flat Top Division of the legendary Swenson Ranch was established in 1853 – 1854 and the ranch contains 41,000 ± acres. Elevations on the ranch range from approximately 1,600’ feet to around 1,750’. The terrain over the eastern portion of the Flat Top Ranch is described as nearly level to gently rolling and sloping towards several noticeable drainages, all draining to the northeast. A very prominent elevated mesa, known as Flat Top Mountain, is located on the west-half of the ranch. The elevation change from the country below the mesa top to the country on the upper edge of the mesa is approximately 100 feet. The east face of the mesa is steep and rocky, but much of the mesa top is level and gently sloping. Views from the mesa edge are very impressive. To the west of the large mesa top, the level country transitions to header draws, becoming deeper canyon drainages, all flowing to the northwest to the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River. Native grass cover is considered to be good to excellent over much of the property. Principal native grasses include several varieties of bluestem, side oats grama, Texas winter grass, Arizona cottontop, blue grama, buffalo grass, tobosa, vine-mesquite, western wheat grass and sand drop seed. With favorable winter moisture, wildrye and filaree are abundant over major portions of the ranch. Approximately 6,300 acres are in cultivation, scattered over about a dozen fields throughout the ranch. All of the cultivated land is farmed on a dryland basis, principally farmed in wheat for seasonal grazing of livestock. With large areas of the ranch having very productive soils, it is estimated that an additional 10,000 acres could be broken out and farmed, if desired. With normal precipitation, this area of Texas is considered desirable wheat pasture country. LOCATION The ranch is generally located immediately west of Stamford, Texas, but two small non-contiguous tracts are located north and east of Stamford. Access to all major portions of the ranch are by paved highways and county roads. The ranch has an extensive network of well-maintained private ranch roads, making the property very accessible overall. Abilene, Texas is approximately 40 miles south of the ranch, with Fort Worth being approximately 180 miles to the east and Lubbock being approximately 140 miles to the northwest. The ranch is located on the Texas Rolling Plains, which is an area widely recognized for ranching, farming, mineral production, and in more recent years, outstanding hunting. HISTORY The historic Swenson Ranches trace their origin to Svante Magnus Swenson, the first Swedish immigrant to arrive in Texas, landing near what is now Galveston in 1838. The famous SMS brand, with two backward S’s was one of the first registered in Texas and was derived from Swenson’s initials. Swenson, a close ally of Sam Houston, played an active role in the state’s early history. He served as Travis County Commissioner in the 1850’s and as the first Treasurer of the State Agriculture Society. Swenson opened one of the first stores in Austin, introduced the Colt revolver to the frontier, and established the Swedish Pipeline which brought thousands of Swedish families to settle in Texas after the Civil War. A cabin from Swenson’s farm east of Austin, called Govalle, is enshrined today at Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin as part of the Swedish Pioneer Village. By 1850 Svante had established himself in the general merchandise business in Austin. His large frontier trading post traded saddles, boots, blankets and many other supplies. Through his trading, Swenson began acquiring substantial amounts of land. Swenson also invested in railroad bonds and school bonds which entitled him to even more acreage. By 1860 Swenson had accumulated over 680,000 acres in Texas, much of it the unsettled territories on North Texas, north of Abilene. It was from these lands that the Flat Top Ranch was organized and is still owned by S.M. Swenson’s direct descendants. Because he was an ally of Houston’s and a vocal opponent of secession from the Union, Swenson was nearly assassinated at the beginning of the Civil War. With continuing threats on his life, he fled to Mexico in 1863 hidden under straw in a covered wagon. After the Civil War he settled in New York City where his wife and children joined him. He sold off his holdings around Austin, but maintained ownership of the land in the northern parts of Texas. In 1882 these lands were fenced and organized by Swenson’s sons, Eric and Swen Albin, and the vast ranching operations began. Initially the sons leased the ranches from their father and when Svante died in 1896, they inherited the properties. At this time there were three ranches: Ericsdahl, Eleonora and Mount Albin. The Ericsdahl Ranch which was located 7 miles east of Stamford was split up and sold to Swedish immigrants in the early 1900’s. Eleonora became known as the Throckmorton Ranch because it was in that county. The Mount Albin Ranch became known as the Flat Top Ranch because of a prominent mesa on the property. This is the ranch that Chas. S. Middleton and Son, LLC, has for sale today. The Swenson brothers hired one of S.M. Swenson’s nephews as the first manager of the overall operations. He was responsible for stocking the ranches and overseeing the construction of the headquarters, barns, and corrals, as well as the drilling of water wells. The first herds were comprised of 1,800 high-grade Durham Shorthorns and 180 Hereford-Shorthorn crosses along with registered Hereford bulls. The original remuda was driven up the Chisolm Trail from Round Rock, Texas where many Swedes had settled. The horses were a mix of Spanish and Arabian stock. The first ranch hands were mostly Swedish immigrants who had settled first in towns around Austin, like Round Rock, New Sweden and Elgin and many others came directly from Sweden. The ranches continued to grow as the family purchased the Scab 8 Ranch in 1900, adding another 79,000 acres of land to their holdings and renamed it the Tongue River Ranch. In 1906 they purchased the Espuela Ranch with other partners which gave them access to over 200,000 acres more. This ranch became the Spur Ranch and while much of it was sold off in the 1920’s, the family still owned 65,000 acres of it until the 1970’s. In order to make it easier to get their cattle to market, the Swenson brothers convinced the Texas Central Railroad to extend its rail line from Albany, Texas, 38 miles to the east, to the place that is now Stamford, Texas. The family donated the initial 640 acres from the Flat Top Ranch for the town and helped lay it out. The present headquarters for the Swenson Land & Cattle Co, was built in the town, on Swenson Street, in the 1920’s. Some of the property that is part of the Flat Top Ranch remains inside or adjacent to the town limits, including a recent purchase of about 132 acres that contains substantial cattle pens for feeding, weaning, etc. The Texas Cowboy Reunion Rodeo grounds, still the largest working cowboy rodeo in the US, was founded in Stamford by the Swenson heirs in 1930 on land that they also donated from their Flat Top holdings. In 1902 the Swenson brothers hired Frank S. Hastings as manager of their far-flung ranches and over the next two decades committed to the breeding and improvement of the SMS cattle. Under Hastings’ supervision, SMS became among the first ranches to participate in the “mail order” calf business. The cattle won many awards and developed a reputation for quality that remains today. Eric Swenson, Svante’s oldest son, remained as president of the ranches until his death in 1945. He was succeeded by one of his sons, Swen R. Swenson. In 1978 the holdings totaling over 250,000 acres were divided among four family groups. Three of the groups have since sold their ranches. The remaining group, whose land includes the Flat Top Ranch, was headed by Bruce B Swenson, one of Swen R. Swenson’s sons, and included Bruce’s brothers, Rod and Perry Swenson. The three brothers have passed away and the company that owns the Flat Top Ranch is now the Swenson Land & Cattle Co. and is chaired by Steve Swenson, one of Bruce’s sons. All the board of directors and shareholders are descendants of Svante Magnus Swenson. In recent years Swenson Land & Cattle has continued as a strong cow/calf operator and almost always gets the highest price for its class of cattle at Superior Livestock Auctions and other venues. Cattle buyers for Whole Foods have purchased the ranch’s cattle over the last 5-6 years. As a result, the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), Whole Food’s third party certification partner, has made on-site inspections of the ranch’s operations twice in the last 5 years. The ranch received a GAP 4 rating indicating it uses best practices for humane treatment of its cattle for an operation of this size. The ranch hands, now headed by Mark Voss, have won several ranch rodeo competitions over the past several years in places like Wichita Falls and Abilene. Wildlife is abundant at Flat Top and hunting leases have contributed substantial revenue in the past 10 years or so. The company sells a small amount of cattle to Svante’s Ranch Direct, a company owned by several S.M. Swenson descendants. They sell grass finished beef through farmers markets, a web site and food truck in the Austin area. As the years have gone by and the family tree continues to grow, shareholders have become more and more dispersed throughout the US and their interests have become more diverse. With many shareholders now in their mid-to late 60’s, the board reluctantly voted to sell Flat Top in order to provide some liquidity to those who wanted some. Selling Flat Top was not an easy decision for the family especially knowing that this heritage that traces directly to S.M. Swenson would pass from his great great-grandchildren and future descendants. However, the family has concluded that this the right time in their lives to do this. Sources: Clark, Mary Whatley - The Swenson Saga and the SMS Ranches (Austin, Texas: Jenkins Book Publishing Co. 1976); Baize, Wayne – Swenson Land & Cattle Company (2014); Anderson, H. Allen - SMS Ranches (Texas State Historical Association) WATER FEATURES The Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River flows in a northeasterly direction through the ranch for approximately seven miles. Large tree cover is common along the river bottom with cedar found along the ridgelines and canyon side slopes. This area of the ranch is considered very scenic and offers great recreational appeal. Additionally, there are a number of smaller seasonal creeks throughout the property. The ranch is well watered by over 40 water wells, being a combination of windmills and electric submersible wells. These water sources distribute water to an extensive network of approximately 25 miles of waterlines and over 100 drinking troughs. Other water sources include approximately 140 earthen ponds, some of which are seasonal, with others being very large and considered to be a desirable year-round source of livestock water. Overall, the ranch is considered to be well watered. LIVESTOCK/CATTLE OPERATIONS Historically, the Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch has been operated as a cow/calf operation. Depending on weather conditions, the ranch is typically stocked with 850 – 1,000 mother cows, plus bulls and replacements. The ranch maintains a quality cow herd and while the cattle are not included in the sale, they are available to be purchased at market price. Current livestock inventory is approximately 855 bred cows, 90 bred heifers and 70 bulls. HUNTING, WILDLIFE AND RECREATION The Flat Top Division offers great hunting opportunities, including white tail deer, quail, dove, feral hogs and seasonal water fowl. Fishing is available in the river and several of the larger ponds. IMPROVEMENTS The ranch owns a small grow yard located just west of Stamford. The pens are of pipe construction with complete working facilities, scales and some covered pens. This tract has some adjoining pasture and farmland, which compliments the grow yard. The property is adequately improved for the day to day ranching operation. In addition to the grow yard, other structural improvements include the main headquarters, the Taylor Camp, the Farm Center, and approximately 17 sets of livestock shipping/working/branding pens. The headquarter improvements consist of the ranch manager’s home, several employee houses, barns, horse stalls and a large set of livestock shipping pens, which are equipped with scales. The Taylor Camp is improved with a camp manager’s home, bunk house and shipping pens equipped with scales. The Farm Center improvements include a metal barn/shop with a fenced area for housing farm equipment and fuel. The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is fenced and cross fenced into many multiple pastures, and most all of the fences are considered to be in average to above average condition. Totally, there are approximately 166 miles of fencing on the ranch. RESOURCES There is scattered oil production on the ranch. The original oil production was first discovered in the early 1950’s and some of this original production is still producing. In 1978, as briefly mentioned in the History of the Swenson Ranches, the four Swenson Families agreed to partition all of the ranches into four separate family divisions. After the ranches were partitioned, the three other families began selling off their divisions. At the time of this partition, each division of the Swenson Ranches had all or most all of the minerals intact. Each of the four families received one-quarter of the minerals under each of the four divisions. That being the case, the Swenson Family members owning the Flat Top Division have approximately 25% of the minerals under this ranch. Current royalty income is fairly substantial. New drilling is now underway, and recent development would suggest the possibility of a substantial new income source from oil. Since it is very difficult to determine the present value and future potential of the minerals, the family has elected to negotiate on the mineral conveyance based on the final offering price for the property. Based on the family owning approximately 25% of the minerals under the Flat Top Division, current royalty income is approximately $200,000 per year on the original production and approximately $600,000 per year on the newly discovered production. In addition to the income derived from the cattle operation and farming income, other sources of income include hunting lease revenue, periodic surface damage income and income derived from oil and gas leases and oil and gas royalty production. The hunting is leased on a year to year basis and can be extended if a buyer is not interested in hunting, or terminated, if the buyer wants possession of the hunting. The ranch just negotiated a gas pipeline easement crossing approximately 7 miles of the ranch. This pipeline has just been installed and the utility company has re-seeded this easement with grass. The ranch collected $1,300,000 for this easement. While there are no major electric transmission lines currently located on the ranch, many large wind farm developments and transmission lines are located throughout this region of Texas. With this in mind, the owners of the Flat Top Division propose to reserve 25% of any future wind energy royalty income, but the purchaser of the ranch will have full control of negotiating any future wind energy leases. PRICE AND REMARKS The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is very reasonably priced at $985 per acre. It is very seldom that a ranch of this magnitude and history becomes available in this area of Texas. The owners of the ranch are currently in the process of surveying the entire property in order to establish the exact acres of the ranch. This survey is being paid for by the owners. Property taxes are approximately $63,000 per year or about $1.50 per acre. BROKER COMMENTS The ranch is generally operated with approximately eight full-time employees. In addition to the very knowledgeable ranch manager, there is clerical help at the office in Stamford along with additional farm/ranch employees, including the Taylor Camp manager. All together this efficient staff keeps the books, pays bills, manages the day to day farming and ranching operation, maintains the property and meets with the family on a regular basis. As the broker selected to market this property, it is apparent the current employees are a valuable asset to the ranch and a buyer of this property should strongly consider keeping everyone on board. All employees are anxious to remain with the ranch. This long-term ownership ranch has not been offered for sale throughout the 165-year history of the property. This first time offering of the Swenson Flat Top Ranch is an historic opportunity to own a quality working cattle ranch, which includes an extensive farming operation that can be expanded, if desired. In addition to farming and ranching, the property offers excellent hunting opportunities, potential future wind farm development, periodic surface damage income, and the potential to share in some portion of the mineral income.
$40,385,000
Swenson Family Flat Top Ranch
#TX245958
Haskell, 
41,000.00 acres
This property has been recently reduced from $1200 per acre to $985. The Flat Top Division of the legendary Swenson Ranch was established in 1853 – 1854 and the ranch contains 41,000 ± acres. Elevations on the ranch range from approximately 1,600’ feet to around 1,750’. The terrain over the eastern portion of the Flat Top Ranch is described as nearly level to gently rolling and sloping towards several noticeable drainages, all draining to the northeast. A very prominent elevated mesa, known as Flat Top Mountain, is located on the west-half of the ranch. The elevation change from the country below the mesa top to the country on the upper edge of the mesa is approximately 100 feet. The east face of the mesa is steep and rocky, but much of the mesa top is level and gently sloping. Views from the mesa edge are very impressive. To the west of the large mesa top, the level country transitions to header draws, becoming deeper canyon drainages, all flowing to the northwest to the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River. Native grass cover is considered to be good to excellent over much of the property. Principal native grasses include several varieties of bluestem, side oats grama, Texas winter grass, Arizona cottontop, blue grama, buffalo grass, tobosa, vine-mesquite, western wheat grass and sand drop seed. With favorable winter moisture, wildrye and filaree are abundant over major portions of the ranch. Approximately 6,300 acres are in cultivation, scattered over about a dozen fields throughout the ranch. All of the cultivated land is farmed on a dryland basis, principally farmed in wheat for seasonal grazing of livestock. With large areas of the ranch having very productive soils, it is estimated that an additional 10,000 acres could be broken out and farmed, if desired. With normal precipitation, this area of Texas is considered desirable wheat pasture country. LOCATION The ranch is generally located immediately west of Stamford, Texas, but two small non-contiguous tracts are located north and east of Stamford. Access to all major portions of the ranch are by paved highways and county roads. The ranch has an extensive network of well-maintained private ranch roads, making the property very accessible overall. Abilene, Texas is approximately 40 miles south of the ranch, with Fort Worth being approximately 180 miles to the east and Lubbock being approximately 140 miles to the northwest. The ranch is located on the Texas Rolling Plains, which is an area widely recognized for ranching, farming, mineral production, and in more recent years, outstanding hunting. HISTORY The historic Swenson Ranches trace their origin to Svante Magnus Swenson, the first Swedish immigrant to arrive in Texas, landing near what is now Galveston in 1838. The famous SMS brand, with two backward S’s was one of the first registered in Texas and was derived from Swenson’s initials. Swenson, a close ally of Sam Houston, played an active role in the state’s early history. He served as Travis County Commissioner in the 1850’s and as the first Treasurer of the State Agriculture Society. Swenson opened one of the first stores in Austin, introduced the Colt revolver to the frontier, and established the Swedish Pipeline which brought thousands of Swedish families to settle in Texas after the Civil War. A cabin from Swenson’s farm east of Austin, called Govalle, is enshrined today at Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin as part of the Swedish Pioneer Village. By 1850 Svante had established himself in the general merchandise business in Austin. His large frontier trading post traded saddles, boots, blankets and many other supplies. Through his trading, Swenson began acquiring substantial amounts of land. Swenson also invested in railroad bonds and school bonds which entitled him to even more acreage. By 1860 Swenson had accumulated over 680,000 acres in Texas, much of it the unsettled territories on North Texas, north of Abilene. It was from these lands that the Flat Top Ranch was organized and is still owned by S.M. Swenson’s direct descendants. Because he was an ally of Houston’s and a vocal opponent of secession from the Union, Swenson was nearly assassinated at the beginning of the Civil War. With continuing threats on his life, he fled to Mexico in 1863 hidden under straw in a covered wagon. After the Civil War he settled in New York City where his wife and children joined him. He sold off his holdings around Austin, but maintained ownership of the land in the northern parts of Texas. In 1882 these lands were fenced and organized by Swenson’s sons, Eric and Swen Albin, and the vast ranching operations began. Initially the sons leased the ranches from their father and when Svante died in 1896, they inherited the properties. At this time there were three ranches: Ericsdahl, Eleonora and Mount Albin. The Ericsdahl Ranch which was located 7 miles east of Stamford was split up and sold to Swedish immigrants in the early 1900’s. Eleonora became known as the Throckmorton Ranch because it was in that county. The Mount Albin Ranch became known as the Flat Top Ranch because of a prominent mesa on the property. This is the ranch that Chas. S. Middleton and Son, LLC, has for sale today. The Swenson brothers hired one of S.M. Swenson’s nephews as the first manager of the overall operations. He was responsible for stocking the ranches and overseeing the construction of the headquarters, barns, and corrals, as well as the drilling of water wells. The first herds were comprised of 1,800 high-grade Durham Shorthorns and 180 Hereford-Shorthorn crosses along with registered Hereford bulls. The original remuda was driven up the Chisolm Trail from Round Rock, Texas where many Swedes had settled. The horses were a mix of Spanish and Arabian stock. The first ranch hands were mostly Swedish immigrants who had settled first in towns around Austin, like Round Rock, New Sweden and Elgin and many others came directly from Sweden. The ranches continued to grow as the family purchased the Scab 8 Ranch in 1900, adding another 79,000 acres of land to their holdings and renamed it the Tongue River Ranch. In 1906 they purchased the Espuela Ranch with other partners which gave them access to over 200,000 acres more. This ranch became the Spur Ranch and while much of it was sold off in the 1920’s, the family still owned 65,000 acres of it until the 1970’s. In order to make it easier to get their cattle to market, the Swenson brothers convinced the Texas Central Railroad to extend its rail line from Albany, Texas, 38 miles to the east, to the place that is now Stamford, Texas. The family donated the initial 640 acres from the Flat Top Ranch for the town and helped lay it out. The present headquarters for the Swenson Land & Cattle Co, was built in the town, on Swenson Street, in the 1920’s. Some of the property that is part of the Flat Top Ranch remains inside or adjacent to the town limits, including a recent purchase of about 132 acres that contains substantial cattle pens for feeding, weaning, etc. The Texas Cowboy Reunion Rodeo grounds, still the largest working cowboy rodeo in the US, was founded in Stamford by the Swenson heirs in 1930 on land that they also donated from their Flat Top holdings. In 1902 the Swenson brothers hired Frank S. Hastings as manager of their far-flung ranches and over the next two decades committed to the breeding and improvement of the SMS cattle. Under Hastings’ supervision, SMS became among the first ranches to participate in the “mail order” calf business. The cattle won many awards and developed a reputation for quality that remains today. Eric Swenson, Svante’s oldest son, remained as president of the ranches until his death in 1945. He was succeeded by one of his sons, Swen R. Swenson. In 1978 the holdings totaling over 250,000 acres were divided among four family groups. Three of the groups have since sold their ranches. The remaining group, whose land includes the Flat Top Ranch, was headed by Bruce B Swenson, one of Swen R. Swenson’s sons, and included Bruce’s brothers, Rod and Perry Swenson. The three brothers have passed away and the company that owns the Flat Top Ranch is now the Swenson Land & Cattle Co. and is chaired by Steve Swenson, one of Bruce’s sons. All the board of directors and shareholders are descendants of Svante Magnus Swenson. In recent years Swenson Land & Cattle has continued as a strong cow/calf operator and almost always gets the highest price for its class of cattle at Superior Livestock Auctions and other venues. Cattle buyers for Whole Foods have purchased the ranch’s cattle over the last 5-6 years. As a result, the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), Whole Food’s third party certification partner, has made on-site inspections of the ranch’s operations twice in the last 5 years. The ranch received a GAP 4 rating indicating it uses best practices for humane treatment of its cattle for an operation of this size. The ranch hands, now headed by Mark Voss, have won several ranch rodeo competitions over the past several years in places like Wichita Falls and Abilene. Wildlife is abundant at Flat Top and hunting leases have contributed substantial revenue in the past 10 years or so. The company sells a small amount of cattle to Svante’s Ranch Direct, a company owned by several S.M. Swenson descendants. They sell grass finished beef through farmers markets, a web site and food truck in the Austin area. As the years have gone by and the family tree continues to grow, shareholders have become more and more dispersed throughout the US and their interests have become more diverse. With many shareholders now in their mid-to late 60’s, the board reluctantly voted to sell Flat Top in order to provide some liquidity to those who wanted some. Selling Flat Top was not an easy decision for the family especially knowing that this heritage that traces directly to S.M. Swenson would pass from his great great-grandchildren and future descendants. However, the family has concluded that this the right time in their lives to do this. Sources: Clark, Mary Whatley - The Swenson Saga and the SMS Ranches (Austin, Texas: Jenkins Book Publishing Co. 1976); Baize, Wayne – Swenson Land & Cattle Company (2014); Anderson, H. Allen - SMS Ranches (Texas State Historical Association) WATER FEATURES The Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River flows in a northeasterly direction through the ranch for approximately seven miles. Large tree cover is common along the river bottom with cedar found along the ridgelines and canyon side slopes. This area of the ranch is considered very scenic and offers great recreational appeal. Additionally, there are a number of smaller seasonal creeks throughout the property. The ranch is well watered by over 40 water wells, being a combination of windmills and electric submersible wells. These water sources distribute water to an extensive network of approximately 25 miles of waterlines and over 100 drinking troughs. Other water sources include approximately 140 earthen ponds, some of which are seasonal, with others being very large and considered to be a desirable year-round source of livestock water. Overall, the ranch is considered to be well watered. LIVESTOCK/CATTLE OPERATIONS Historically, the Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch has been operated as a cow/calf operation. Depending on weather conditions, the ranch is typically stocked with 850 – 1,000 mother cows, plus bulls and replacements. The ranch maintains a quality cow herd and while the cattle are not included in the sale, they are available to be purchased at market price. Current livestock inventory is approximately 855 bred cows, 90 bred heifers and 70 bulls. HUNTING, WILDLIFE AND RECREATION The Flat Top Division offers great hunting opportunities, including white tail deer, quail, dove, feral hogs and seasonal water fowl. Fishing is available in the river and several of the larger ponds. IMPROVEMENTS The ranch owns a small grow yard located just west of Stamford. The pens are of pipe construction with complete working facilities, scales and some covered pens. This tract has some adjoining pasture and farmland, which compliments the grow yard. The property is adequately improved for the day to day ranching operation. In addition to the grow yard, other structural improvements include the main headquarters, the Taylor Camp, the Farm Center, and approximately 17 sets of livestock shipping/working/branding pens. The headquarter improvements consist of the ranch manager’s home, several employee houses, barns, horse stalls and a large set of livestock shipping pens, which are equipped with scales. The Taylor Camp is improved with a camp manager’s home, bunk house and shipping pens equipped with scales. The Farm Center improvements include a metal barn/shop with a fenced area for housing farm equipment and fuel. The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is fenced and cross fenced into many multiple pastures, and most all of the fences are considered to be in average to above average condition. Totally, there are approximately 166 miles of fencing on the ranch. RESOURCES There is scattered oil production on the ranch. The original oil production was first discovered in the early 1950’s and some of this original production is still producing. In 1978, as briefly mentioned in the History of the Swenson Ranches, the four Swenson Families agreed to partition all of the ranches into four separate family divisions. After the ranches were partitioned, the three other families began selling off their divisions. At the time of this partition, each division of the Swenson Ranches had all or most all of the minerals intact. Each of the four families received one-quarter of the minerals under each of the four divisions. That being the case, the Swenson Family members owning the Flat Top Division have approximately 25% of the minerals under this ranch. Current royalty income is fairly substantial. New drilling is now underway, and recent development would suggest the possibility of a substantial new income source from oil. Since it is very difficult to determine the present value and future potential of the minerals, the family has elected to negotiate on the mineral conveyance based on the final offering price for the property. Based on the family owning approximately 25% of the minerals under the Flat Top Division, current royalty income is approximately $200,000 per year on the original production and approximately $600,000 per year on the newly discovered production. In addition to the income derived from the cattle operation and farming income, other sources of income include hunting lease revenue, periodic surface damage income and income derived from oil and gas leases and oil and gas royalty production. The hunting is leased on a year to year basis and can be extended if a buyer is not interested in hunting, or terminated, if the buyer wants possession of the hunting. The ranch just negotiated a gas pipeline easement crossing approximately 7 miles of the ranch. This pipeline has just been installed and the utility company has re-seeded this easement with grass. The ranch collected $1,300,000 for this easement. While there are no major electric transmission lines currently located on the ranch, many large wind farm developments and transmission lines are located throughout this region of Texas. With this in mind, the owners of the Flat Top Division propose to reserve 25% of any future wind energy royalty income, but the purchaser of the ranch will have full control of negotiating any future wind energy leases. PRICE AND REMARKS The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is very reasonably priced at $985 per acre. It is very seldom that a ranch of this magnitude and history becomes available in this area of Texas. The owners of the ranch are currently in the process of surveying the entire property in order to establish the exact acres of the ranch. This survey is being paid for by the owners. Property taxes are approximately $63,000 per year or about $1.50 per acre. BROKER COMMENTS The ranch is generally operated with approximately eight full-time employees. In addition to the very knowledgeable ranch manager, there is clerical help at the office in Stamford along with additional farm/ranch employees, including the Taylor Camp manager. All together this efficient staff keeps the books, pays bills, manages the day to day farming and ranching operation, maintains the property and meets with the family on a regular basis. As the broker selected to market this property, it is apparent the current employees are a valuable asset to the ranch and a buyer of this property should strongly consider keeping everyone on board. All employees are anxious to remain with the ranch. This long-term ownership ranch has not been offered for sale throughout the 165-year history of the property. This first time offering of the Swenson Flat Top Ranch is an historic opportunity to own a quality working cattle ranch, which includes an extensive farming operation that can be expanded, if desired. In addition to farming and ranching, the property offers excellent hunting opportunities, potential future wind farm development, periodic surface damage income, and the potential to share in some portion of the mineral income.
$40,385,000
Swenson Family Flat Top Ranch
#TX245959
Stonewall, 
41,000.00 acres
This property has been recently reduced from $1200 per acre to $985. The Flat Top Division of the legendary Swenson Ranch was established in 1853 – 1854 and the ranch contains 41,000 ± acres. Elevations on the ranch range from approximately 1,600’ feet to around 1,750’. The terrain over the eastern portion of the Flat Top Ranch is described as nearly level to gently rolling and sloping towards several noticeable drainages, all draining to the northeast. A very prominent elevated mesa, known as Flat Top Mountain, is located on the west-half of the ranch. The elevation change from the country below the mesa top to the country on the upper edge of the mesa is approximately 100 feet. The east face of the mesa is steep and rocky, but much of the mesa top is level and gently sloping. Views from the mesa edge are very impressive. To the west of the large mesa top, the level country transitions to header draws, becoming deeper canyon drainages, all flowing to the northwest to the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River. Native grass cover is considered to be good to excellent over much of the property. Principal native grasses include several varieties of bluestem, side oats grama, Texas winter grass, Arizona cottontop, blue grama, buffalo grass, tobosa, vine-mesquite, western wheat grass and sand drop seed. With favorable winter moisture, wildrye and filaree are abundant over major portions of the ranch. Approximately 6,300 acres are in cultivation, scattered over about a dozen fields throughout the ranch. All of the cultivated land is farmed on a dryland basis, principally farmed in wheat for seasonal grazing of livestock. With large areas of the ranch having very productive soils, it is estimated that an additional 10,000 acres could be broken out and farmed, if desired. With normal precipitation, this area of Texas is considered desirable wheat pasture country. LOCATION The ranch is generally located immediately west of Stamford, Texas, but two small non-contiguous tracts are located north and east of Stamford. Access to all major portions of the ranch are by paved highways and county roads. The ranch has an extensive network of well-maintained private ranch roads, making the property very accessible overall. Abilene, Texas is approximately 40 miles south of the ranch, with Fort Worth being approximately 180 miles to the east and Lubbock being approximately 140 miles to the northwest. The ranch is located on the Texas Rolling Plains, which is an area widely recognized for ranching, farming, mineral production, and in more recent years, outstanding hunting. HISTORY The historic Swenson Ranches trace their origin to Svante Magnus Swenson, the first Swedish immigrant to arrive in Texas, landing near what is now Galveston in 1838. The famous SMS brand, with two backward S’s was one of the first registered in Texas and was derived from Swenson’s initials. Swenson, a close ally of Sam Houston, played an active role in the state’s early history. He served as Travis County Commissioner in the 1850’s and as the first Treasurer of the State Agriculture Society. Swenson opened one of the first stores in Austin, introduced the Colt revolver to the frontier, and established the Swedish Pipeline which brought thousands of Swedish families to settle in Texas after the Civil War. A cabin from Swenson’s farm east of Austin, called Govalle, is enshrined today at Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin as part of the Swedish Pioneer Village. By 1850 Svante had established himself in the general merchandise business in Austin. His large frontier trading post traded saddles, boots, blankets and many other supplies. Through his trading, Swenson began acquiring substantial amounts of land. Swenson also invested in railroad bonds and school bonds which entitled him to even more acreage. By 1860 Swenson had accumulated over 680,000 acres in Texas, much of it the unsettled territories on North Texas, north of Abilene. It was from these lands that the Flat Top Ranch was organized and is still owned by S.M. Swenson’s direct descendants. Because he was an ally of Houston’s and a vocal opponent of secession from the Union, Swenson was nearly assassinated at the beginning of the Civil War. With continuing threats on his life, he fled to Mexico in 1863 hidden under straw in a covered wagon. After the Civil War he settled in New York City where his wife and children joined him. He sold off his holdings around Austin, but maintained ownership of the land in the northern parts of Texas. In 1882 these lands were fenced and organized by Swenson’s sons, Eric and Swen Albin, and the vast ranching operations began. Initially the sons leased the ranches from their father and when Svante died in 1896, they inherited the properties. At this time there were three ranches: Ericsdahl, Eleonora and Mount Albin. The Ericsdahl Ranch which was located 7 miles east of Stamford was split up and sold to Swedish immigrants in the early 1900’s. Eleonora became known as the Throckmorton Ranch because it was in that county. The Mount Albin Ranch became known as the Flat Top Ranch because of a prominent mesa on the property. This is the ranch that Chas. S. Middleton and Son, LLC, has for sale today. The Swenson brothers hired one of S.M. Swenson’s nephews as the first manager of the overall operations. He was responsible for stocking the ranches and overseeing the construction of the headquarters, barns, and corrals, as well as the drilling of water wells. The first herds were comprised of 1,800 high-grade Durham Shorthorns and 180 Hereford-Shorthorn crosses along with registered Hereford bulls. The original remuda was driven up the Chisolm Trail from Round Rock, Texas where many Swedes had settled. The horses were a mix of Spanish and Arabian stock. The first ranch hands were mostly Swedish immigrants who had settled first in towns around Austin, like Round Rock, New Sweden and Elgin and many others came directly from Sweden. The ranches continued to grow as the family purchased the Scab 8 Ranch in 1900, adding another 79,000 acres of land to their holdings and renamed it the Tongue River Ranch. In 1906 they purchased the Espuela Ranch with other partners which gave them access to over 200,000 acres more. This ranch became the Spur Ranch and while much of it was sold off in the 1920’s, the family still owned 65,000 acres of it until the 1970’s. In order to make it easier to get their cattle to market, the Swenson brothers convinced the Texas Central Railroad to extend its rail line from Albany, Texas, 38 miles to the east, to the place that is now Stamford, Texas. The family donated the initial 640 acres from the Flat Top Ranch for the town and helped lay it out. The present headquarters for the Swenson Land & Cattle Co, was built in the town, on Swenson Street, in the 1920’s. Some of the property that is part of the Flat Top Ranch remains inside or adjacent to the town limits, including a recent purchase of about 132 acres that contains substantial cattle pens for feeding, weaning, etc. The Texas Cowboy Reunion Rodeo grounds, still the largest working cowboy rodeo in the US, was founded in Stamford by the Swenson heirs in 1930 on land that they also donated from their Flat Top holdings. In 1902 the Swenson brothers hired Frank S. Hastings as manager of their far-flung ranches and over the next two decades committed to the breeding and improvement of the SMS cattle. Under Hastings’ supervision, SMS became among the first ranches to participate in the “mail order” calf business. The cattle won many awards and developed a reputation for quality that remains today. Eric Swenson, Svante’s oldest son, remained as president of the ranches until his death in 1945. He was succeeded by one of his sons, Swen R. Swenson. In 1978 the holdings totaling over 250,000 acres were divided among four family groups. Three of the groups have since sold their ranches. The remaining group, whose land includes the Flat Top Ranch, was headed by Bruce B Swenson, one of Swen R. Swenson’s sons, and included Bruce’s brothers, Rod and Perry Swenson. The three brothers have passed away and the company that owns the Flat Top Ranch is now the Swenson Land & Cattle Co. and is chaired by Steve Swenson, one of Bruce’s sons. All the board of directors and shareholders are descendants of Svante Magnus Swenson. In recent years Swenson Land & Cattle has continued as a strong cow/calf operator and almost always gets the highest price for its class of cattle at Superior Livestock Auctions and other venues. Cattle buyers for Whole Foods have purchased the ranch’s cattle over the last 5-6 years. As a result, the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), Whole Food’s third party certification partner, has made on-site inspections of the ranch’s operations twice in the last 5 years. The ranch received a GAP 4 rating indicating it uses best practices for humane treatment of its cattle for an operation of this size. The ranch hands, now headed by Mark Voss, have won several ranch rodeo competitions over the past several years in places like Wichita Falls and Abilene. Wildlife is abundant at Flat Top and hunting leases have contributed substantial revenue in the past 10 years or so. The company sells a small amount of cattle to Svante’s Ranch Direct, a company owned by several S.M. Swenson descendants. They sell grass finished beef through farmers markets, a web site and food truck in the Austin area. As the years have gone by and the family tree continues to grow, shareholders have become more and more dispersed throughout the US and their interests have become more diverse. With many shareholders now in their mid-to late 60’s, the board reluctantly voted to sell Flat Top in order to provide some liquidity to those who wanted some. Selling Flat Top was not an easy decision for the family especially knowing that this heritage that traces directly to S.M. Swenson would pass from his great great-grandchildren and future descendants. However, the family has concluded that this the right time in their lives to do this. Sources: Clark, Mary Whatley - The Swenson Saga and the SMS Ranches (Austin, Texas: Jenkins Book Publishing Co. 1976); Baize, Wayne – Swenson Land & Cattle Company (2014); Anderson, H. Allen - SMS Ranches (Texas State Historical Association) WATER FEATURES The Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River flows in a northeasterly direction through the ranch for approximately seven miles. Large tree cover is common along the river bottom with cedar found along the ridgelines and canyon side slopes. This area of the ranch is considered very scenic and offers great recreational appeal. Additionally, there are a number of smaller seasonal creeks throughout the property. The ranch is well watered by over 40 water wells, being a combination of windmills and electric submersible wells. These water sources distribute water to an extensive network of approximately 25 miles of waterlines and over 100 drinking troughs. Other water sources include approximately 140 earthen ponds, some of which are seasonal, with others being very large and considered to be a desirable year-round source of livestock water. Overall, the ranch is considered to be well watered. LIVESTOCK/CATTLE OPERATIONS Historically, the Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch has been operated as a cow/calf operation. Depending on weather conditions, the ranch is typically stocked with 850 – 1,000 mother cows, plus bulls and replacements. The ranch maintains a quality cow herd and while the cattle are not included in the sale, they are available to be purchased at market price. Current livestock inventory is approximately 855 bred cows, 90 bred heifers and 70 bulls. HUNTING, WILDLIFE AND RECREATION The Flat Top Division offers great hunting opportunities, including white tail deer, quail, dove, feral hogs and seasonal water fowl. Fishing is available in the river and several of the larger ponds. IMPROVEMENTS The ranch owns a small grow yard located just west of Stamford. The pens are of pipe construction with complete working facilities, scales and some covered pens. This tract has some adjoining pasture and farmland, which compliments the grow yard. The property is adequately improved for the day to day ranching operation. In addition to the grow yard, other structural improvements include the main headquarters, the Taylor Camp, the Farm Center, and approximately 17 sets of livestock shipping/working/branding pens. The headquarter improvements consist of the ranch manager’s home, several employee houses, barns, horse stalls and a large set of livestock shipping pens, which are equipped with scales. The Taylor Camp is improved with a camp manager’s home, bunk house and shipping pens equipped with scales. The Farm Center improvements include a metal barn/shop with a fenced area for housing farm equipment and fuel. The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is fenced and cross fenced into many multiple pastures, and most all of the fences are considered to be in average to above average condition. Totally, there are approximately 166 miles of fencing on the ranch. RESOURCES There is scattered oil production on the ranch. The original oil production was first discovered in the early 1950’s and some of this original production is still producing. In 1978, as briefly mentioned in the History of the Swenson Ranches, the four Swenson Families agreed to partition all of the ranches into four separate family divisions. After the ranches were partitioned, the three other families began selling off their divisions. At the time of this partition, each division of the Swenson Ranches had all or most all of the minerals intact. Each of the four families received one-quarter of the minerals under each of the four divisions. That being the case, the Swenson Family members owning the Flat Top Division have approximately 25% of the minerals under this ranch. Current royalty income is fairly substantial. New drilling is now underway, and recent development would suggest the possibility of a substantial new income source from oil. Since it is very difficult to determine the present value and future potential of the minerals, the family has elected to negotiate on the mineral conveyance based on the final offering price for the property. Based on the family owning approximately 25% of the minerals under the Flat Top Division, current royalty income is approximately $200,000 per year on the original production and approximately $600,000 per year on the newly discovered production. In addition to the income derived from the cattle operation and farming income, other sources of income include hunting lease revenue, periodic surface damage income and income derived from oil and gas leases and oil and gas royalty production. The hunting is leased on a year to year basis and can be extended if a buyer is not interested in hunting, or terminated, if the buyer wants possession of the hunting. The ranch just negotiated a gas pipeline easement crossing approximately 7 miles of the ranch. This pipeline has just been installed and the utility company has re-seeded this easement with grass. The ranch collected $1,300,000 for this easement. While there are no major electric transmission lines currently located on the ranch, many large wind farm developments and transmission lines are located throughout this region of Texas. With this in mind, the owners of the Flat Top Division propose to reserve 25% of any future wind energy royalty income, but the purchaser of the ranch will have full control of negotiating any future wind energy leases. PRICE AND REMARKS The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is very reasonably priced at $985 per acre. It is very seldom that a ranch of this magnitude and history becomes available in this area of Texas. The owners of the ranch are currently in the process of surveying the entire property in order to establish the exact acres of the ranch. This survey is being paid for by the owners. Property taxes are approximately $63,000 per year or about $1.50 per acre. BROKER COMMENTS The ranch is generally operated with approximately eight full-time employees. In addition to the very knowledgeable ranch manager, there is clerical help at the office in Stamford along with additional farm/ranch employees, including the Taylor Camp manager. All together this efficient staff keeps the books, pays bills, manages the day to day farming and ranching operation, maintains the property and meets with the family on a regular basis. As the broker selected to market this property, it is apparent the current employees are a valuable asset to the ranch and a buyer of this property should strongly consider keeping everyone on board. All employees are anxious to remain with the ranch. This long-term ownership ranch has not been offered for sale throughout the 165-year history of the property. This first time offering of the Swenson Flat Top Ranch is an historic opportunity to own a quality working cattle ranch, which includes an extensive farming operation that can be expanded, if desired. In addition to farming and ranching, the property offers excellent hunting opportunities, potential future wind farm development, periodic surface damage income, and the potential to share in some portion of the mineral income.
$40,385,000
Double Nickel on the Niobrara
#NE457821
Cherry, 
34,617.00 acres
Located in the Sandhills of Nebraska, the Double Nickel on the Niobrara is one of the finest ranches in the Midwest. An extremely diverse landscape of Sandhills grasslands, pine covered hills and draws, irrigated production farmland and wooded river bottoms provide an amazing combination of beauty, production and recreation seldom seen in a single offering.This unique property is nestled in the beautiful Sandhills region of Northwestern Nebraska, tucked against the Niobrara National Scenic River. This diverse terrain totals approximately 34,617+/- deeded acres with the opportunity for approximately 22,607+/- leased acres. Traveling through the ranch, one will find open plains, rugged terrain and scenic trails through many wooded areas following the 7 miles of river. Excellent wildlife habitat with river bottom and Ponderosa pine covered hills, dramatic caprock views. This income producing ranch offers something for everyone including the cow/calf rancher, seasoned investor, or outdoors enthusiast. Ideal for operating cattle and crop production, this beautiful property could also make an amazing country gentleman’s ranch and getaway. Double Nickel on the Niobrara is that special place, perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.Cattle Operation:Featuring a capacity for carrying up to 4200 mother cows, the cash flow and the potential of this investment is unparalleled. The current owners operate the ranch with production on the pivots in various types of forage for cattle. Alfalfa, Sudan grass, sorghum and native grass are produced to continue the carrying capacity throughout the year. Across the ranch there are well designed and maintained cattle working facilities that include a 500 head feedlot, large calving shed and livestock barn, and multiple outbuildings.Water:The ranch offers an abundance of quality water. Water is pumped from multiple wells as well as pump stations along the river for livestock and irrigating crops. An extensive system consisting of windmills, solar wells, pipeline, and tanks provide water throughout the ranch. All irrigation pumps and pivots operate with electricity on both ranches. Currently, 13 Center Irrigation Pivots combine for over 2200 acres of irrigated crop land. There are also multiple lakes and ponds located on the ranch, 7 miles of the Niobrara River as well as several miles of Medicine Creek and Steer Creek. (Average rainfall in the area is 19”-22” annually.) Recreation:Double Nickel on the Niobrara is a hunter’s paradise. High quality habitat and readily available water make the ranch a diverse haven to all kinds of wildlife. Starting with the largest inhabitants, the ranch is home to over 200 elk with bulls averaging 310”- 360” Boone and Crockett. Large herds of Mule deer and Whitetail deer can be found both along the river as well as out in the Sandhills offering the opportunity for high quality trophy bucks. Huge flocks of Merriam’s Turkey can be found moving along the fields and tree lined banks of the river. Other wildlife that call the ranch home include Pheasants, prairie chicken, several kinds of ducks as well as Canada geese. Coyotes, bobcat, and the occasional Mountain Lion have all traveled the expanse of the property. There are fishing opportunities in the river and the many ponds on the ranch that include trout and a mix of warm water species. The river provides plenty of opportunity for float trips on tubes, canoe or as the locals like to travel….in a stock tank. Under current operations, the ranch is leased out for hunting. There are cabins on the ranch to accommodate guests, hunters, or fisherman. Other Agri-tourism revenue streams are possible to accompany the hunting operations.The Ranch Details:The ranch consists of 2 units, the East & the West. The West Unit being a mix of sandhills pastures and excellent sub-irrigated and irrigated bottoms. It also has multiple ponds, two lakes and Medicine Creek that flows through its entirety. The West unit also has two residences and multiple outbuildings for the cattle and farming operation.  The East Unit sits along the banks of the Niobrara River and lays adjacent to largest portion of the lease on the Sam McKelvie National Forest. Good feed production with sub-irrigated meadows and pivot irrigated fields. The East Unit has several nice homes, cabins, multiple steel Morton buildings, grain storage.Double Nickel on the Niobrara East:     15,300+/- Deeded Acres     16,500+/- Leased Acres (Samuel R McKelvie Forest Lease)      2,107+/- Leased Acres (State and/or Private Leases)     4 Houses & 4 Cabins     Additional Outbuildings: Shop, Machinery Shed, Calving Sheds, Fire Truck Garage     240,000-Bushel Storage Facility     9 Center Irrigation Pivots with ground & surface water rights (1,484+/- acres)     7 miles of Niobrara River FrontageDouble Nickel on the Niobrara West:     19,317+/- Deeded Acres     4,000+/- Leased Acres (Samuel R McKelvie Forest Lease)     4 Houses     500+/- Head Feedlot     4 Center Irrigation Pivots with ground water rights (764+/- irrigated acres)Location:< 1-hour drive from Valentine, NE3.5-hour drive from Rapid City, SD6-hour drive from Omaha, NE6.5-hour drive from Denver, CO Nearest Airports:Miller Field- Valentine Nebraska (VTN)Runway 3701’x60’ asphaltFuel available- 100LL, Jet AHangers and tiedowns availableDistance to ranch-26 milesAinsworth Regional Airport-Ainsworth, Nebraska (ANW)Runway- 6824’ x 110’ asphaltFuel available- 100LL, Jet A.Distance to ranch-71 milesThomas County Airport- Thedford, Nebraska (TIF)Runway- 4400’ x 60’ asphaltFuel available- 100LL, self-service credit card.Hangers and tiedowns availableDistance to ranch-91 milesNorth Platte Regional Airport- North Platte Nebraska (LBF) Commercial service availableRunway- 8001’x150’ concrete/groovedRunway-4436’x100’ concreteFuel-100LL, Jet AHangers and tiedowns availableDistance to ranch-157 milesOther Area Attractions:Smith Falls State Park, Forth Niobrara and Valentine National Wildlife Refuges as well as Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area which is some of the best Walleye fishing in northern Nebraska. Fredrick Peak Golf Course is a fantastic 10-hole course designed by the Lehman Design Group know for the Dunes course at the Prairie Club.Livestock and machinery: Not included in listing price. 
$42,500,000
521 +/- Lake Shore Brazos River Development
#TX243348
McLennan, 
521.00 acres
Large mixed-use property with 1.3 miles of Brazos River Frontage and Excellent road frontage on both Lake Shore Drive and MLK. Prime for Development. Good Schools, High Profile Location less than 2 miles off I-35, close to downtown, Cameron Park, Waco Regional Airport, Baylor and McLane Stadium. Easy Access, Utilities both on-site and near, City of Waco is favorable towards re-zoning and mixed-used development. Potential for a Marina. Great resort of corporate retreat site. HIGHLIGHTS High Profile location because of road traffic on Lake Shore Dr. and close to I-35 Excellent for mixed-use development 1.3 miles of Brazos Riverfront Utilities are available or currently on the property. 2 miles of road frontage on Lake Shore Drive and MLK
$42,000,000
Quinlan Ranch
#NM413953
Rio Arriba, 
17,072.00 acres
Chas. S. Middleton and Son (Sam Middleton) and Hall and Hall (Jeff Buerger) are pleased to announce that we have teamed together to exclusively offer for sale the Quinlan Ranch. The 17,072.12± deeded acre Quinlan Ranch is a superlative mountain hunting property located just three miles west of Chama, New Mexico. The Quinlan, as it is known, spans over 26 square miles in a single block of contiguous land with no private inholdings or public roads across it. In recent years, the nearby Overley Tract was purchased, making a great addition to the Quinlan. The Quinlan itself, comprises of 16,718 acres and the Overley, which is located approximately one-quarter mile south of the Quinlan, is an additional 353.6 acres. The Overley Tract contains a substantial amount of proven water rights, a major portion of which have now been transferred to the Quinlan, used to enhance the Quinlan’s large trout ponds. Offering an unequaled combination of size, privacy, accessibility, and scenery, the Quinlan controls the entire eastern slope of the 9,900 foot Chromo Mountain and is comprised of ecologically diverse and rich mountain and valley floor terrain. This large holding features outstanding big game hunting, expansive vistas, fishing, limitless recreational activities, and numerous water resources that are complimented by excellent infrastructure and quality accommodations. Thoughtful habitat and wildlife management ensures that the Quinlan is home to significant populations of resident elk, mule deer, black bear and turkey. Distinguishing the Quinlan from other western hunting properties is the fact that an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 head of elk from the San Juan Elk Herd migrate through the Quinlan and the neighboring 20,000 acre elk preserve – the Edward Sargent Wildlife Area, each fall. Ownership, family, friends, and clients can easily hunt the Quinlan as it currently receives 63 rifle bull elk permits, 24 bull elk archery permits and 29 cow elk permits from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Numerous trophy elk and mule deer are taken here every year and the ranch has been featured on many outdoor pursuit television shows. Additional trophy and management elk hunting opportunities exist within the on-site Rim Rock Elk Park which is a licensed 2,000± acre high-fenced Class A Game Park. Currently, the Game Park includes approximately 90 adult bulls, 85 cows, 10 yearling females, 7 yearling males, 21 female calves and 23 male calves. Well suited for both private and commercial use, the Quinlan has year-round access off of US Highway 84. Improvements include the 6,678± square foot Garcia Lodge, two “glamping” bathhouses and covered cooking and eating areas, a 10,000± square foot barn with sleeping quarters, office, garage, and state-of-the-art elk handling facilities, as well as several paddock areas for privately owned elk. The ranch also boasts an exceptional internal road network with over 65 miles of private roads, buried water and electrical lines, as well as approximately 40 ponds – several of which are stocked with trout. The listing price includes 100 percent of the appurtenant mineral rights*, all privately owned elk, and an extensive inventory of essential ranch equipment and rolling stock (See Quinlan Ranch Inventory). *Seller believes, but will not warrant, that it owns 100 percent of the appurtenant subsurface mineral rights which will convey with the sale. Buyers are encouraged to retain legal counsel for the purposes of confirming mineral rights ownership. LOCATION Situated in the mountainous country of the upper Chama Valley in northern Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, the Quinlan Ranch lies less than half a mile from the Colorado state line and just three miles west of the historic community of Chama. The western boundary of the majority of the ranch straddles the Continental Divide. The property is adjacent to the Edward Sargent Wildlife Management Area and a short drive from the Carson and Rio Grande National Forests as well as the Jicarilla Apache Nation Reservation and Bill Humphries Wildlife Management Area. Driving time to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and the Stevens Field FBO is 45 minutes from the ranch headquarters. The Stevens Field Airport offers an 8,100 x 100 foot runway capable of landing larger private aircraft as well as new FBO facilities offering a full range of services and amenities. The Wolf Creek Ski Area is located just a few minutes outside of Pagosa Springs and is easily accessible from the ranch. Durango, Colorado and commercial air service at the Durango-La Plata County Airport is a two-hour drive from the ranch. Santa Fe and Taos, the arts and cultural meccas of the Southwest, are each less than two hours to the south and east, respectively. Albuquerque and the Albuquerque International Sunport/airport are a three-hour drive to the south. LOCALE The Chama Valley of northern New Mexico straddles the Rio Chama or Chama River and serves as a transition zone between the high peaks of the San Juan Mountain Range and the painted cliffs and bluffs of the lower elevation San Juan Basin. Located at an elevation of 7,800 feet, the valley floor is lined with lush meadows, willows, and ancient cottonwood stands. Elevations rise to the north and east with the 12,021 foot Chama Peak anchoring the northern head of the valley. The eastern backdrop of the valley is the San Juan Mountain Range with many peaks and mountain tops rising to elevations in excess of 10,000 feet. The valley opens to the San Juan Basin to the west. Relatively undiscovered, the Chama Valley is controlled by large private holdings and expansive tracts of state and federal lands. The general aesthetic is more in line with the mountainous regions of southern Colorado. Here, views are dominated by the snow-capped peaks, aspen and pine forests, and giant ponderosas that rise dramatically above the river bottom. From its headwaters just a few miles to the north in Colorado, the trout-laden Rio Chama flows through the community of Chama and continues south for nearly 130 miles to its eventual confluence with the Rio Grande. The nearby community of Chama, New Mexico, sits near the head of the Chama Valley and just south of the Colorado state line. An historic 1880s railroad town, Chama has long enjoyed a strong ranching and agricultural-based culture. Thanks to its mountain location and limitless recreation opportunities, the community has quietly gained notoriety as a four-season mountain destination. In addition to exceptional angling and hunting, Chama also provides hiking, trail rides, snowmobiling, proximity to excellent skiing at the Wolf Creek Ski Area and Taos Ski Valley. Chama is the home to the Cumbres & Toltec narrow-gauge railroad. The Cumbres & Toltec’s historic coal-fired steam engine provides scenic train rides through the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. In addition to the year-round activities, Chama and the greater Chama Valley have become a place where hunters arrive from around the world to pursue trophy elk and mule deer in what is arguably some of the best game habitat imaginable. HISTORY The Quinlan Ranch has been under only two ownerships since 1912 when the property was purchased and operated by Ed Sargent and later, his heirs, the Quinlan Family. A pioneering rancher in northern New Mexico, Mr. Sargent accumulated tens of thousands of acres of ideal mountain property in the region which he and his family members ranched for decades. The neighboring Edward Sargent Wildlife Area which borders the Quinlan to the east for over eight miles and was also previously owned by Mr. Sargent, is named after him. The Peters family from Santa Fe acquired the 12,000± deeded acre Quinlan Ranch from the Quinlan family in 2005. In 2007, the Peters family added over 4,000 additional acres to this holding through the acquisitions of the adjacent Garcia Ranch. The addition of the Garcia Ranch increased the size of the Quinlan 16,718± deeded acres. More recently, the Peters family added the nearby Overley Tract containing 353.6 acres. GENERAL DESCRIPTION Traveling west on US Highway 84 just three miles from Chama, New Mexico, one’s first glimpse of the Quinlan Ranch is of its lower elevation southern boundary and the Willow Creek drainage. This open valley sits at an elevation of just over 7,700 feet and rises in elevation to the north and west into rolling hills, ridges, and draws interspersed with open parks and stands of ponderosa pine and mountain oak. Following Willow Creek to the north, one encounters a series of large trout ponds, and a 100-acre food plot. To the east of Willow Creek is the Rim Rock Elk Park breeding pens, elk handling and facilities buildings, and the southern fence line of Rim Rock Elk Park. To the west of Willow Creek is the “Garcia” portion of the ranch which includes the aforementioned food plot and a side valley that is home to the horse camp, complete with a bathhouse, large-group dining shelter, as well as “glamping” sites. Comprised of rolling hills, the Garcia is a blend of open parks and large stands of oak with intermittent ponderosa and juniper trees. Situated at the southern end of the Garcia is the aptly named Garcia Lodge. Built for the purpose of housing and entertaining guests, the lodge is conveniently accessed from the highway. Set on a hillside overlooking the Chama Valley, Garcia Lodge sits in a location where it will not impact wildlife. Effectively separating the lower and southern portion of the ranch from the upper mountain country are a series of broad slopes and rimrock capped buttes that juts out dramatically above the landscape. Separated by a series of canyons and smaller drainages, these buttes top out at over 8,700 feet. From their respective summits, one can enjoy expansive views of the valley floor below. The easternmost buttes on the ranch are contained within the Rim Rock Elk Park. The game park runs along a portion of the eastern boundary of the ranch and is comprised largely of steeply timbered slopes that give way to benches and open meadows at the lower elevations. To the north and behind the buttes is the center of the ranch. Accessed by a number of internal roads, this portion of the ranch is defined by broad basins with large trout ponds and grass-laden meadows. The basins are intersected by a series of ridges and are ringed on all sides by mountain slopes covered with aspen groves, pine, and oak forests. Willow Creek winds down from its headwater at the north end of the ranch through one of the broad valleys here before dropping into a canyon and down to the southern end of the property. Water resources are numerous with a number of ponds scattered throughout the various drainages and small creeks feeding down from higher elevations. These open meadows and water sources are heavily utilized by the wildlife that bed among the surrounding ridges and mountain slopes. Elevations along the basin floors begin at around 8,100 feet and rise to the east to over 8,700 feet along the summit of the long ridge that serves as the eastern border of the property. From the top of this ridge one can survey the ranch’s undulating interior reaches back to the west and north and look down to the east upon the neighboring Edward Sargent Wildlife Area. Elevations climb more gradually to the west and top out at over 8,600 feet along a series of knobs along the western boundary line which is the North American Continental Divide. From the center of the ranch, elevations ascend to the north, with the terrain becoming more mountainous in nature and forested with large stands of aspen, spruce, and fir. Anchoring the northwestern end of the ranch is 9,900 foot Chromo Mountain. The Quinlan controls the entire eastern slope of this mountain which is heavily timbered and serves as a sanctuary for large numbers of elk. The High Camp is also located here and provides guests with a high-country destination from which they can relax and enjoy a meal or even a hot shower. Strategically located ponds and an eight-acre trout lake sit at the base of Chromo Mountain – all of which draw wildlife out of the timbered mountainside. A series of forested ridges separated by drainages with open valley floors define the northern end of the ranch. The origination point for Willow Creek is also located here and sits just within the property boundary. The Edward Sargent Wildlife Area is the neighbor to the north and east. Large, privately held ranches are the neighbors to the west and northwest. From the higher points of the upper or northern portion of the ranch, one can survey miles of the Quinlan Ranch to the south, or look north to Chama Peak and the San Juan Mountains. IMPROVEMENTS When the Peters family acquired the Quinlan Ranch it was a traditional livestock property with the only improvements being a tin-tack structure, a few horse pens, as well as a 1,500-acre game park that was lacking trophy genetics. There was some fencing in place, but no electricity, no water development or wells, no facilities for employees or guests, and no fishing. Internal roads were limited and those in the northern portion of the ranch were so impassable that all hunting was conducted on horseback. With quality habitat enhancement and thoughtful improvement and infrastructure development, the Peters family has molded the property into a destination sporting property – all while preserving the ranch’s native environment. GARCIA LODGE Conveniently located on a hillside overlooking the Chama Valley is the 6,678± square foot Garcia Lodge. This two-story lodge features 11 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, a commercial kitchen and large dining area, as well as the ranch’s gathering place, a grand room with a river rock fireplace. Well-suited as a commercial or corporate lodge or personal retreat, Garcia Lodge is comfortably furnished and easily accessed off of Highway 64. HORSE CAMP The horse camp is tucked into a private valley to the east of Willow Creek in the southern end of the ranch. Primarily utilized during the ranch’s large trail riding events, the camp includes “glamping” sites, a large kitchen shelter with a hot water sink and grills as well as a dining shelter. Complete with propane lighting and views of the ranch’s rimrock outcroppings, the dining shelter accommodates over 70 guests. The third primary structure at the horse camp is a large bathhouse with a large storage area, four toilets, six showers and four sinks with hot water provided by two on-demand water heaters. HIGH CAMP Utilized as a destination for trail rides and rest and relief area for anglers and hunters in the northern reaches of the ranch, the high camp features a large shelter structure, water catchment system with storage tanks, as well as a bathhouse with a tub, showers and sinks with hot water, as well as toilets. FACILITIES BARN Sited in the southeastern corner of the property is the 10,000± square foot barn that serves as the base of ranch operations for the Quinlan. In addition to containing offices, the barn has living quarters with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a kitchen capable of housing a 12-member guide team. Included in the shop is a large garage or repair shop with a gantry, truck lift, and a walk-in cooler for game. The elk handling facility for the private elk herd is also housed within the barn. A series of handling pens, alleys, and a hydraulic chute with an overhead gangway ensures safe and easy handling of private elk for both herd health maintenance and artificial insemination purposes. A fenced alleyway links the barn to numerous paddock areas which are utilized by trophy breeder bull elk and cow elk. The barnyard has two large grain bins for the storage of alfalfa pellets as well as an additional elevated bin for Antler Max supplemental feed. Two double-walled 5,000 gallon tanks in the barnyard are used to provide fuel to hunting vehicles and heavy equipment. INFRASTRUCTURE In addition to constructing the improvements needed to sustain their operations, the Peters family has continually improved the Quinlan Ranch’s infrastructure. One of the first projects the family undertook was to open access up to the ranch by rebuilding the internal road system. Investing in a road grader and bulldozer, the family turned nearly impassible two-track jeep roads into nearly 65 miles of quality ranch roads. Road base materials have been placed on the most heavily traveled roads and two semi loads worth of culverts were put in place to divert runoff drainage. Along with the private road system, seven miles of buried power lines, as well as 15 miles of water lines, were installed. A well was also put in place as was a water collection system along Willow Creek that pumps water into two 10,000-gallon storage tanks with a radio controlled float system. This water system feeds over 50 water spigots that supply water to the barn, horse pens, elk pens, bathhouse, horse camp kitchen and potential future cabin sites. A solar powered radio system was also installed to ensure guides and staff can communicate from every corner of the property. In 2008 the Peters family initiated a multi-year water catchment and water feature improvement project. Signature lakes including the Honeymoon and Willow Creek Lakes as well as a number of stock ponds were first reconstructed. New stock ponds were constructed, and in each of the last ten years, additional fishing lakes were built or deepened in order to improve trout habitat. The ranch retained the services of Joe Urbani and Urbani Fisheries, LLC, a leading provider of aquatic habitat enhancement and stream, river, and lake reconstruction out of Bozeman, Montana to oversee and improve its trout habitat and development work. With Mr. Urbani’s oversight, the ranch added aquatic benches and agri drains to existing trout ponds. Aquatic bug and plant life quality were enhanced and the ranch now provides excellent still water trout fishing on a number of bodies of private water. These significant hydrological projects greatly benefitted wildlife, opened the door to an angling clientele base, and reshaped the ranch’s aesthetic look and feel. An eight-foot-high game fence contains the 2,000-acre Rim Rock Elk Park which is located in the very rugged and mountainous terrain in the southeastern portion of the ranch. The park has been improved through a series of projects including removal of underbrush, logging of key areas identified by a forester, extensive reseeding of grasses, and additional roads through and around the park perimeter. Wildlife habitat improvement practices continue to be implemented on the ranch. Along with a noxious weed control program, the ranch utilizes forestry management practices with logging conducted in key wildlife crossing corridors and other areas identified by a forestry consultant, as well as remediation of logging sites left from the prior owners. In addition to the forestry work, the ranch has tilled and seeded areas of the ranch that were previously overgrazed by cattle. These food plots, including a 100-acre food plot located on the west bank of lower Willow Creek, are now well-utilized by wildlife. CLIMATE Located at an elevation of 7,800± feet and receiving an average of 300 days of sunshine, Chama enjoys a favorable year-round climate. Summertime temperatures reach into the high 70’s and the mid 80’s, while average daytime winter temperatures typically range between the 30’s to mid 40’s. Boasting a remarkable year-round climate, the average snowfall is nearly 100 inches, with annual precipitation over 20 inches. HUNTING OPERATIONS The Quinlan Ranch stands alone as a property with a large-scale commercial hunting operation that provides high rates of success for trophy elk – year in and year out. The ranch also offers excellent hunts for trophy mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, as well as spring turkey. As a result of its location, land stewardship practices, professional staff, facilities, and quality game management, the Quinlan has become a top destination for hunters across the globe as well as a popular filming destination for a number of outdoor pursuit television shows. Indicative of the ranch’s rise to prominence in the upper echelons of the hunting world are the facts that the ranch can command a premium price for its hunts and that the hunts are booked well in advance of the hunting seasons. The ranch sells and conducts over 80 guided wild bull elk hunts each year. The following page has current pricing for various hunting and fishing packages. Contributing greatly to the success of the Quinlan’s hunting program is a professional and knowledgeable hospitality and guide staff. Both the hospitality and guide staff have been working on the ranch for years and their collective and individual knowledge of the operations, terrain, and wildlife is unmatched. Additional preserve elk hunts are also available within the ranch’s 2,000-acre Rim Rock Elk Park which is a Class A Game Park. This park or hunting preserve provides hunters with the ability to choose their own hunting dates and harvest trophy elk scoring up to and in excess of 450” SCI. Though the park is a destination hunt for some, it also provides hunters who have filled their wild elk tags with the opportunity to purchase and take a second elk during their stay. Hunters also have the opportunity to harvest bison while on the Quinlan. Ownership has invested significant resources into developing the genetics and health of their private elk herd to the point that Rim Rock Elk Park now possesses arguably the finest trophy quality of any game park in New Mexico. In addition to implementing an artificial insemination (AI) program, the ranch utilizes trophy bull elk as back-up breeders to ensure high conception rates. Further bolstering of genetics and trophy quality came through acquisitions of elk from certified elk breeders. Elk originating from a herd in Oregon as well as three loads of cow elk and trophy bulls with an average SCI score of 450” from Canada were brought to the ranch. The largest bull killed in the park scored 497 inches. The ranch typically conducts between 15 to 20 trophy elk hunts a year in the park in addition to a number of management bull elk and cow hunts as needed. Bison are a relatively new addition to the hunting options and a growing number of these hunts are being sold. ANGLING OPERATIONS The Quinlan and the Chama area in general are quietly emerging as a fly fishing destination for those looking to distance themselves from the crowds found to the immediate north in Colorado. As the ranch continued to acquire additional water rights and build and improve upon its stillwater fisheries, it realized another revenue stream in the form of a growing base of angling clients. These individuals and groups from Orvis-endorsed fly fishing shops from Huston to Phoenix are now making annual trips to the ranch. Anglers can book multiple-night or day fishing trips directly through the ranch. The Quinlan has partnered with Land of Enchantment Guides, a top fly fishing guide service in northern New Mexico, to provide a high-quality guided fishing experience for its angling guests. Most fishing is done from a fleet of ClackaCraft drift boats scattered among the larger lakes of the ranch. In all, the ranch features quality trout angling on eight private lakes and ponds. GENERAL RECREATION In addition to offering first-rate hunting and angling, the Quinlan provides guided ranch tours, horseback riding, nature and birding hikes, mountain biking, target shooting, as well as cooking classes. Large trail riding groups in excess of 70 people have also begun to gather on the ranch each summer. Utilizing the horse camp facilities and riding the endless trails within the property for days at a time, these guests trailer pedigreed horses to the Quinlan from across the southwest. The trail riding group includes a large contingent of riders from Aspen, Colorado who return to the ranch for multiple rides each year. AGRICULTURAL OPERATION The Quinlan Ranch has long served as quality summer pasture for cattle. Well grassed, the ranch has water resources throughout and is perfectly suited for cattle grazing. Though current management practices are focused on managing for wildlife, the ranch has easily supported in excess of 2,000 head of cattle during the summer grazing season. Current ownership has run up to 1,000 head, but currently limits grazing to 150 cow/calf pairs on the southern end of the ranch. WATER RESOURCES Willow Creek and its numerous tributaries are the primary sources of water for the property. During their tenure, the Peters family has extensively engineered, constructed, and improved the ranch’s water resources. The acquisition and transfer of additional valuable water rights to the ranch has greatly benefited all manner of animal life. These water rights have also allowed the ranch to irrigate food plots and build and fill a total of eight stocked trout ponds ranging in size from just over one acre to over eight acres in size. There are several springs located throughout the property as well as over 30 earthen ponds that hold water for wildlife and cattle. Domestic water is provided by three wells that have been developed to provide water for this purpose. New ownership will realize the benefits of the valuable water rights and development for decades to come. WILDLIFE RESOURCES New Mexico’s Game Management Unit (GMU) 4 is highly regarded as a trophy elk and mule deer unit. In addition to large populations of resident elk and mule deer, the entirety of GMU 4 serves as a massive migration corridor and wintering range for elk migrating south from the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. The unit is comprised nearly entirely of private land and borders the famed Jicarilla Apache Nation – which is arguably the top trophy mule deer destination in North America. With the exception of some areas of BLM lands, the vast majority of public lands found within GMU 4 are comprised of the Sargent, Humphries, and Rio Chama Wildlife Management Areas. Public land hunting licenses and access within GMU 4 are restricted to these Wildlife Management Areas. These licenses are very limited in number and only available to the public through the regular license application process. The Quinlan is located within GMU 4 and shares its eastern boundary with the Sargent Wildlife Management area for nearly eight miles. The “Sargent”, as it is known, is a non-motorized use area that is widely regarded for excellent elk hunting. Managed as its own game unit within the greater Unit 4, the Sargent is one of the few hunting units in New Mexico to receive a “Quality” designation from the Game and Fish Department. As such, hunting licenses for this neighboring property are highly sought after and difficult to obtain. The Quinlan’s location in the north central portion of GMU 4 places it in a literal sweet spot between high country summer habitat to the north and lower elevation wintering grounds to the south. Not only does the ranch lay in the path of thousands of migrating elk each fall, its favorable elevation and habitat ensure it is home to a large population of resident elk throughout the year. Because of quality land management, sound hunting practices, and the development of its food plots, the Quinlan is now retaining a higher number of the migratory elk throughout the hunting seasons that would have otherwise passed through the ranch. In addition to the elk, serious mule deer hunters will recognize that the ranch’s location in Rio Arriba County places it in one of the top trophy mule deer locales in North America. Mule deer drop their fawns on the property each spring and numerous bands of bucks and does reside on it until the snows in late November push them to their wintering range just a few miles to the south. Strong populations of Merriam’s turkey as well as healthy numbers of black bear and some mountain lions reside in and are hunted on the Quinlan. In addition to the big game, the ranch provides vital habitat for a wide range of wildlife. Mule deer populations are strong and the Quinlan Ranch has a demonstrated track record of producing trophy mule deer. With the exception of the occasional management deer, the smaller bucks harvested score between 170” and 185”. Deer scoring between 185” and 195” are taken each year and bucks up to 220” have been taken in recent years. Success rates on deer hunts are nearly 100 percent. FISHERY RESOURCES A total of seven impoundments on the ranch have been stocked with brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. Professionally designed habitat within these fisheries promotes healthy aquatic plant life and trout populations that produce trout in the two to five-plus pound range. Fly fishing and spin fishing are excellent in these catch and release only waters and as a result, the ranch now has a loyal following of sportsmen and women who visit the Quinlan for the sole purpose of angling. Having the trout impoundments located throughout the ranch provides anglers with a diverse set of angling locations and opportunity. Fishing from the banks as well as the ranch’s fleet of ClackaCraft drift boats is enjoyed by anglers of all skill levels. The ranch’s fly fishing guides also have access to additional private water on the nearby Chama River as well as other private fisheries. MINERALS The Peters family recognized the importance of mineral rights ownership and has acquired mineral rights that had been previously severed from the land. A new owner will realize the benefits of these efforts both in terms of the potential future monetary value of those rights, as well as for the purpose of controlling future decisions related to land stewardship. The Seller believes, but will not warrant, that it owns 100 percent of the appurtenant subsurface mineral rights which will convey with the sale. Buyers are encouraged to retain legal counsel for the purposes of confirming mineral rights ownership. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION To further preserve and protect wildlife habitat, the Quinlan Ranch granted a conservation easement on a small portion of the ranch to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 1998. This easement is limited to 900 acres of mountainous land located in the extreme north end of the ranch. Under the terms of the easement, the ranch retains the right to hunt these 900 acres, but agrees to preserve and protect them for the natural habitat and continued ecological benefit of New Mexico wildlife. Upon request, a copy of this conservation easement will be furnished. The balance of the ranch is not encumbered by any conservation easements. BROKER’S COMMENTS Property taxes on the Quinlan Ranch are extremely reasonable, being approximately $8,899 per year, or approximately 52¢ per acre. The Quinlan Ranch is a place where the timbered mountain slopes of the Southern Rockies meet the mesas, buttes, and dramatic cloudscapes of the American Southwest. Imbued with beauty, the Quinlan’s productive lands have become a gathering place where lifelong friendships are created, experiences are shared, and lasting memories are made. Well-suited for both private and commercial use, the Quinlan represents an opportunity to acquire 17,072.12± acres of gorgeous mountain property with unmatched privacy and big game hunting. The ranch has excellent access and is minutes from the historic mountain community of Chama and just south of the amenities, skiing, and FBO in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Recognizing the potential these lands held, the Peters family purchased the property and began transforming it into a top of the list ranch and recreational destination. This transformation included years of professional wildlife, habitat and water resource enhancement, the procurement of neighboring lands, as well as the securing of valuable water and mineral rights. Combined with quality improvement and infrastructure development, the Quinlan Ranch now offers something for everyone and can be easily acquired and enjoyed by new ownership for years to come. The Quinlan Ranch, with all of its amenities, is priced on essentially a turn-key basis at $39,950,000, or $2,340 per acre. This package includes all permanent improvements, all minerals, license to use the Quinlan Ranch name, all elk located within the Rim Rock Game Park, along with an extensive inventory of equipment/rolling stock.
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