Steeped in Texas History – Bitter Creek Ranch
February 17th, 2015 | by Alicia Roberts
Charles Goodnight, the “father of the Texas Panhandle,” is a legendary figure who inspired the popular Lonesome Dove novels and films and whom historian J. Frank Dobie said “approached greatness more nearly than any other cowman of history.”
With Oliver Loving, Goodnight drove cattle north in 1866 on the Goodnight-Loving Trail. He invented the chuck wagon and established the Panhandle Stockman’s Association to improve cattle-breeding and fight rustlers and outlaws.
A decade later, to take advantage of available grass, timber, water and game, Goodnight joined Irishman John Adair in founding the JA Ranch in Palo Duro Canyon, the Panhandle’s first ranch.
Today the Bitter Creek Ranch, with 35,643 acres, was once the mare pasture of the historic JA Ranch.
Located on Highway 70 in Donley and Hall counties, the ranch is well known for its hunting with extensive numbers of quail, dove, turkey, whitetail and mule deer. Excellent fishing can be found in two stocked ponds.
The ranch’s extensive improvements include several homes, hunting lodges and camps. It also has numerous pens, barns, an arena and more water, including irrigation quality water, than is commonly found on working cattle ranches in the area.
With four bedrooms the main house features rustic luxury living. Through large glass windows or from a covered patio, it has great views overlooking a shaded lawn and a spring-fed pond.
The well-equipped kitchen includes a commercial-grade, stainless-steel range and double oven. A large rock fireplace is the focal point of the rustic dining room, large enough to serve a crew of farmhands, family or guests.
The Bitter Creek Ranch offers an abundance of income producing opportunities. It is listed for $33,861,275, or $950 an acre.
Brokers must register prospects at first contact with the listing broker. Prospects will be asked to provide proof of financials before scheduling a showing.
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