Minerals

Hughes Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 30 Hughes Family 390,000 acres Patriarch Dan Hughes Sr. was a legend in the oil and gas industry. He began as a roustabout in high school, earned a geology degree from Texas A&M, and then found, financed, and drilled

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals, Public Land, Recreation, Southwest, Texas

Holding Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 29 Holding Family 395,030 acres (down 4,790-acres) Robert Earl Holding (1926–2003) purchased SINCLAIR OIL CORP. for $78 million in 1976. The following year, he and wife, Carol, bought Idaho’s SUN VALLEY resort for $12 million. More recently, the Holdings

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Posted in Feature, Idaho, Land Report 100, Minerals, Montana, Recreation, West, Wyoming

Simplot Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 25 Simplot Family 443,091 acres Jack Simplot (1909—2008) was no ordinary potato farmer. In 1967, the Iowa native struck a deal with McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc to supply the fast-food giant with frozen french fries. With that single transaction,

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals

McDonald Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 24 McDonald Family 474,000 acres This Alabama family holds the vast majority of their US lands (some 300,000-plus acres) in Maine via GREAT NORTHWOODS LLC. The McDonalds also own more than 100,000 acres in their home state as well

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Posted in Alabama, Energy, Feature, Florida, Land Report 100, Maine, Minerals, Northeast, Oklahoma, South, Timber

Land Report Texas $1 Billion Club

The TOP TEN listings in the Lone Star State boast an average price north of $100 million. -The Editors 1. Mesa Vista Ranch | $250 Million Boone Pickens’ 100-square-mile ranch has been deemed “arguably the finest quail hunting spot in

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Developers, Feature, Hunting, Minerals, Recreation, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas, Timber, Water

O’Connor Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 16 O’Connor Heirs 587,800 acres By the time of his death in 1887, Irish immigrant Thomas O’Connor (1817—1887) owned half a million acres in Southeast Texas and close to 100,000 head of cattle. His philosophy? “Buy land and never

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

Wilks Brothers: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 12 Wilks Brothers 702,367 acres FRAC TECH founders Farris and Dan Wilks own ranches in Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas, and they rank as the state’s leading landowners in Montana and Idaho. At least they did at press time. Wilks

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Idaho, Land Report 100, Minerals, Montana, Oregon, Pacific, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, West

New Law Settles Battle Over Bones

Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed into law legislation that designates fossils belong to the surface estate owner. The first-of-its-kind protection addresses a contentious issue that has bedeviled landowners. “This was a very significant bill for our group,” Charles Denowh of

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Posted in Feature, Minerals, Montana, News Desk, West

Irving Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 6 Irving Family 1,247,880 acres (up 1,644 acres) J.K. Irving planted the company’s one billionth tree in July. Quite an accomplishment for a family rooted in the legacy of patriarch James Dergavel Irving, whose grandparents emigrated from Scotland with

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Feature, Land Report 100, Maine, Minerals, Northeast, Timber

Court Approves Sale of West Texas Ranch at $1,007 per Deeded Acre

Judge Mark Mullin of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas approved the sale of the KC7 Ranch to Paul Foster of El Paso for $32.5 million. The 37,847-acre property, which sits 190 miles east of El

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Posted in Bankruptcy, Feature, Minerals, News Desk, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas, Water

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