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Texas History and Wildlife at Johnson Ranch {Video}

06/28/2016

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Discover – and enjoy – more than 3,000 acres of high-fenced recreation at the historic Johnson Ranch, at 8000 CR 1117 in Snyder, TX.

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Whitetail deer, wild hogs, quail and turkey freely roam in the canyons and along the creek beds of this property. The native whitetail deer enjoy a hearty diet of protein and other minerals year-round and have been strictly managed for more than 15 years.

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Only last year, the entire 3,817-acre ranch was high-fenced, ensuring the quality and quantity of wildlife is top notch. This hunting paradise is ready for stocking of all types of exotic game animals. The varied topography in the rangeland offers hunters a chance to test their skills in a variety of settings. There is great catfish, bass and crappie fishing in Ennis Creek as it winds along the southern pastures.

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In 1883, pioneer rancher Billy Johnson homesteaded the original 18,000-acre ranch. In 1902, he began building the magnificent Big House, a Texas ranch house that still stands today on a hill in the middle of the property. The house features approximately 6,000 square feet with five bedrooms, three baths and a beautiful formal living room, dining room and parlor of rich paneled oak walls, beamed ceilings, built-in cabinetry, an ornate carved staircase, large stone fireplaces and a grand piano. There is a wonderful country kitchen, a pool room and library.

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The vast porches that wrap around on three sides of the Big House on two floors are a great place to relax, cool off or watch the stars.

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Over the past 100 years, many famous westerners have spent time in this historic home, to include Tom Mix, Will Rogers and Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, who captured Bonnie & Clyde. There are several recent books that are currently available that tell these and more stories about the ranch’s history. Today, the house is on the prestigious Texas Historical Register and holds quite a place in Texas history.

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Recreation to Revenue

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Meanwhile, the cattle operation has been leased to the same rancher for more than 15 years. The rangeland can easily accommodate 175 head of cows rotated between three pastures. To supplement the range cattle, a 900-acre cultivated field has been used to plant wheat and raise stocker calves, or in some years, it produces various crops, including cotton and all types of feed for storage.

It is reportedly the largest single cultivated field in Scurry County.

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The ranch enjoys steady and diverse annual revenue streams from oil and gas leases, and is viable for wind energy. A significant percentage of the mineral rights and oil production will transfer with the sale of the property.

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There are 12 producing oil and gas wells across the ranch, some of which have been consistently producing since the 1970s. New oil wells are discovered continuously in various formations and depths. As landowner, you will immediately have an oil revenue stream from the current production and access to parties interested in leasing additional property. Through discussions with operators, new well locations are planned and promising.

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Water on the ranch is provided by three wells. The potential for additional water wells is excellent. Ennis Creek continues to replenish the aquifer year round, and there are two stock watering ponds on the north side of the ranch.

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This is a truly unique opportunity to purchase a historic Texas ranch, closely held by the family since Billy Johnson acquired it in the 1800s. As the landowner, you will enjoy relaxing at the Big House, looking over beautiful ranchlands, rich in West Texas history.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

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