Presenting the Historic Lower Laramie River Ranch at Wheatland, Wyoming. 559 highly improved acres of mostly irrigated bottom land and creek bottom. The ranch is nestled in the lower Laramie River valley north of Wheatland and boasts just under 2 miles of both sides of the river.
Boasting 559 productive acres, the ranch includes about 200 acres of level irrigated bottom ground, There is 122 acres of meandering river bottom with 2 miles of the Laramie River lined with towering Cottonwood trees. There is also about 237 acres of rangeland. The ranch is well laid out and has good exterior and interior fencing for livestock. The ranch is extremely productive with the majority being bottom land.
The ranch boasts a nearly 4,000 square foot ranch style main home with 3 large bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms and is built with a spacious kitchen, dining room, family room, living room and sunroom. The home has a finished basement. The grounds are lush with a large lawn, great landscaping and towering cottonwood and other trees.
There are 3 other homes on the property for hired help or rentals. They are currently rented and the leases will be assigned, if desired.
The ranch support buildings include a well laid out historic calving barn with calf jugs, alley and calving chute. Also included are an historic grain elevator, feed shed or machine shed, shop building, detached garages and various other support buildings.
The ranch irrigates with a 7 tower Zimmatic center sprinkler covering 75 acres and ditch and flood irrigation covering the balance.
A sportsman paradise, the ranch holds both Whitetail and Mule Deer, Merriams Turkey, migrating water fowl and Pronghorn. The property is located in Area 3 for Elk, Area 15 for Deer, Area 103 for Antelope, and Area 5 for Spring Turkey.. The property could easily be improved with enhanced habitat for deer and ducks and geese and be an absolute honey hole oasis for the avid hunter. The property also is ideal for outdoor recreation including kayaking, floating the river, hiking, climbing, hunting, snowshoeing, atvs, wildlife viewing and more.
With irrigated pastures, and bottom land, the seller rates the ranch at 150 cow calf pairs annually. Highly productive grasses and water resources make the ranch as productive as any I have seen. There is good calving protection and cover for cattle in the winter, plentiful feed and water. The ranch also boasts a feedyard with 625 feet of concrete bunk space with well built pipe pens and automatic waterers. The working, sorting and loading facilities are also very well built facilities of drill stem pipe.
Water/Mineral Rights & Natural Resources
The ranch holds the number two priority water right on the Laramie River, dating back to 1875. As resources diminish and populations grow, these water rights are increasing in value almost minute by minute. All water rights convey. Any seller owned appurtenant mineral rights will also convey.
Platte County Wyoming is a designated Federal Opportunity Zone. There may be tax benefits. Ck tact your accountant for details.
Region & Climate
Wheatland is considered the banana belt of Wyoming with its mild winters. The area receives around 14 inches of precipitation annually. Summers are warm. Wheatland is the county seat of Platte County and has a regional airport, golf course, numerous gas stations and restaurants, a museum, fair and rodeo grounds, hardware and farm stores, churches and schools, auto dealerships, groceries, and numerous other businesses. A thriving productive agricultural economy provides a great business environment and a great community to raise a family.
The ranch was once a part of the famous Duck Bar Ranch owned by Teschemacher and de Billier Cattle Company in the 1880s. Teddy Roosevelt was a minority stakeholder in the cattle empire and likely visited the ranch. In the 1950s through the 1990s the ranch was a part of the famed Van Forell Hereford Company. The ranch, because of its water rights and resources has an extensive history with famed ranches over the years.
Historic Lower Laramie River Ranch is located approximately 5 miles north of Wheatland along North Wheatland Highway (Wyoming 320). The ranch is 75 miles north of Cheyenne Wyoming and about 55 miles south of Douglas, Wyoming. Near Interstate 25, the ranch has great access to the Rocky Mountains, Wyomings major front range towns, Denver and the Colorado front range. Located due west is the Laramie Range and and Laramie Peak and the famous Area 7 elk hunting area, where trophy bulls are commonplace.