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2012 Land Report 100: No. 70-79

No. 72 David Murdock 149,702 acres David Murdock’s sale of Lanai made national headlines in 2012. His Dole Food Company still owns acreage on Oahu and has additional farms, orchards, and a ranch in California to round out his portfolio.

2012 Land Report 100: No. 70-79

No. 72 David Murdock

149,702 acres

David Murdock’s sale of Lanai made national headlines in 2012. His Dole Food Company still owns acreage on Oahu and has additional farms, orchards, and a ranch in California to round out his portfolio.

 

No. 73 Wells Family

149,000 acres

The Rush Creek Land & Livestock Company, established by Thomas E. Wells in 1890, is still a family-owned working cattle ranch. Spread out over eight counties in Nebraska, Rush Creek Land & Livestock has bred and raised its own line of purebred Arabian horses, which are used for working the cattle as well as for endurance competitions.

 

No. 74 L-A-D Foundation

145,000 acres

St. Louis businessman and conservationist Leo Drey accumulated a sizable private forestland in Missouri in an effort to protect it from clear-cutting, instead using a more conservative single-tree selection method of forest management. After 50 years, Drey then donated fee title to the not-for-profit L-A-D Foundation in 2004, which today owns and manages that land.

 

No. 75 Gerald J. Ford

144,580 acres

New Mexico’s Diamond A Ranch (pictured above) once belonged to Robert O. Anderson, the nation’s largest landowner in 1960s and 1970s. Today, the Diamond A belongs to SMU alumnus Gerald Ford, who also owns the champion Thoroughbred Pleasantly Perfect.

 

No. 76 Thomas Lane Family

140,000 acres

Respected Montana rancher Thomas Lane built his family’s cattle and ranch business from half a section into seven ranches throughout the state. Lane passed away two winters ago, and his four sons and two daughters continue the family’s ranching tradition and legacy of stewardship.

 

No. 76 Harrison Family

140,000 acres

The Harrison Quarter Horse Ranch can trace its tradition of exceptional horses back to 1941, when D.J. Harrison first registered his horses with the AQHA. Ranch Manager Rosemary Harrison helps keep this family legacy alive.

 

No. 78 Isaac Ellwood Heirs

130,000 acres

The Renderbrook Spade Ranch was established in 1889 in Texas by Isaac Ellwood, the brilliant soul who invented barbed wire. Today, in addition to Ellwood’s original ranch, the family owns and operates five additional ranches in West Texas that are collectively known as Spade Ranches.

 

No. 78 JA Ranch Heirs

130,000 acres

The oldest privately owned ranch in the Texas Panhandle, the JA Ranch takes its name and its brand from an enterprising Scot called John Adair, who, along with his wife, Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie Adair, established operations in 1876 in a partnership with legendary cowman Charles Goodnight. Today, the JA is managed in a partnership that includes Cornelia’s great-granddaughter Cornelia “Ninia” Ritchie, great-great-grandson Andrew Montgomery Bivins, Jay O’Brien, and Dale Smith.

 

No. 78 Monahan Family

130,000 acres

J.H. Monahan began the Monahan Cattle Co. in Nebraska as a 160-acre homestead in 1893. The ranch today spreads across three counties and supports a substantial commercial cattle operation, along with a respected Hereford breeding program. Members of the third generation of Monahans oversee operations jointly.
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