Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Killam Family

No. 36 Killam Family 277,000 acres (up 22,000 acres) In 1920, O.W. Killam abandoned a promising career in Oklahoma politics to move his family to Laredo, Texas, in hopes of striking oil. Although his first attempts met with failure, the

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Posted in Energy, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Kokernot Heirs

No. 35 Kokernot Heirs 278,000 acres Among the most storied ranches in Far West Texas, the family’s o6 brand was registered in 1837. It was purchased by John Kokernot in 1872, who, with brother Lee, began grazing cattle on open

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Mike Smith

No. 33. Mike Smith 283,594 acres (down 2,472-acres) Some things have changed in the Texas Panhandle. Say, for instance, cotton now grows where golden waves of wheat once grew. Some things have not, such as Mike Smith quietly collecting land.

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Land Report 100, New Mexico, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Bass Family

No. 32 Bass Family 285,000 acres (up 135,000-acres) Brothers Sid, Ed, Robert, and Lee Bass share several notable characteristics with their great-uncle Sid Richardson, including a knack for making money and a love of the land.

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Posted in Cattle, Energy, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Llano Partners Ltd.

No. 31 Llano Partners Ltd. 295,000 acres (up 30,000-acres) The family farm and ranch operations span three time zones and are overseen by Austin-based general partner Hughes Abell. Beef cattle and conservation-oriented hunting continue to be the primary focus.

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2016 Land Report 100: Nunley Family

No. 30 Nunley Family 301,500 acres Legendary Texas cattleman Red Nunley took up ranching more than seven decades ago and partnered with other leading landowners to improve breeding techniques. Today, Nunley Brothers Ranches is owned and managed by Red’s grandsons,

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

The Battle of Bois D’Arc Creek

Under the guise of progress, eminent domain rears its ugly head yet again. by Henry Chappell | photography by Russell Graves When Harold “Thump” Witcher (right) mows a hayfield, cleans a fencerow, or feeds his cattle, he works land he

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Posted in Conservation, Developers, Feature, Federal Policy, Henry Chappell, News Desk, Public Land, Southwest, Texas, Timber, Water

2016 Land Report 100: Malone Mitchell 3rd

No. 28 Malone Mitchell 3rd 384,000 acres This Far West Texas native met his wife Amy while both were undergraduates in Stillwater at Oklahoma State. After receiving their degrees, the two founded Riata Energy in their guest bedroom with $500

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Posted in Energy, Feature, Hunting, Land Report 100, Recreation, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Jeff Bezos

No. 25 Jeff Bezos 400,000 acres (up 110,000 acres) One of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs grew up spending summers on his grandfather’s 25,000-acre ranch outside of Cotulla, Texas. Decades later, the founder of Amazon started his own private aerospace

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Posted in Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

SOLD! City of San Angelo Pays $44 Million for 34,841-acre Ford Ranch in Central Texas

Purchase reunites surface rights with valuable groundwater rights previously acquired by the municipality. The historic Ford Ranch, which predates Texas statehood, was acquired by the City of San Angelo in mid-June. The municipality, which already owns immensely valuable groundwater rights

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