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$3,500,000   •   733 Acres
Under Contract
6 br / 4 ba /

The Lame Johnny Ranch is a local recreational gem! Transected by Lame Johnny Creek, the Cheyenne River, and replete with live water springs, this property is a wildlife mecca. The Lame Johnny Ranch is well suited for both livestock and recreational pursuits with a diverse enclave of wildlife habitat, pivot irrigated cropland, rugged grassland with a comfortable lodge. Don't miss this opportunity- they just don’t come any more inviting! Improvements Lodge Upper Level: Open concept floor plan with living room, kitchen and dining area Master bedroom with walk-in closet and en-suite Office Two additional bedrooms with one full bathroom Additional commercial kitchen Laundry Room with nearby linen closet  Scoping room with electric fireplace, sliding glass door to small deck overlooking the reservoir  Lower Level: (2) 2-bedrooms suites with independent thermostats, sink, shared toilet and shower  Master bedroom with en-suite  Great room- wet bar, freestanding gas stove (propane), entertainment center and pool table.   East Entry Room– “gun room” with counters and gun racks  West Entry Room– Cleaning Room with sink and cupboards  Outdoor Deck along West, North and East of house  Game cleaning patio with hydrant  Fire Pit  Awning over patio  Gazebo  Private Well, reverse osmosis and water softener  Draw = trees are “Hinge cut”  Angostura Irrigation District – center pivot  Shelter belts on West end  New seeding Alfalfa  Gravel Pit  2 lookout towers  Building Specifications Lodge   MH W/RE-1994 CHAMPION CLARION 28X70   Built in1994, 28’X66’ (1848sq.ft. main floor, 1848sq.ft. Basement)  Detached Garage   Built in 2016, 24×28 ft. (672sq.ft.) with overhead doors on North and East sides, walkthrough door on east side, cement floors and work bench  Second House/Storage Shed   Built in 1972, 34’X32’(1088sq.ft.) with a 14’X32’ (448sq.ft.) attached garage – former residence, presently used for storage Pole Barn/Machine Shed  Built in 1980, 46’X30’ (1800sq.ft.) with open face garage and gravel floor  14’X30’ (420sq.ft.) with 220hp overhead door and concrete floor and work benches  Recreation With heavily-timbered draws and abundant live water sources on the property, there is a bolstered population of both upland game birds, such as pheasants, grouse, and wild turkey, along with droves of Canadian Geese and a variety of duck species found on the Ranch during different seasons throughout the year. The terrain of the ranch lends itself for easy hunting trips with limited walking and many good blocking vantage points.   The Whitetail deer populations are second to none in western South Dakota. With a very select few deer taken and strategic food plots placed throughout the property, there has been an influx of Whitetail.  Mule Deer are commonplace on the western grassland area along Lame Johnny Creek, and even an occasional Pronghorn will be observed on the Ranch. The extensive efforts made towards improving wildlife habitat and the stewardship shown in harvesting deer have yielded Boon and Crockett trophies taken from the Ranch.   Agriculture The Lame Johnny Ranch, named for the creek which transects the property, has been operated primarily as a private recreational ranch with a hay production and livestock wintering component combining intrinsic value and ROI. The ranch consists of 733.68 acres, of which 172.08 ac. are irrigable and receive a combined 469 ac.ft. of irrigation water from the Angostura Irrigation District. The balance of the ranch consists of dryland tillable and native grassland, and has been managed for optimum wildlife habitat while utilizing the hay production, grass and crop residue for winter grazing. The property is currently under Lease to an area rancher and the property sells subject to the Lease expiring in 2024. Call for Lease details, NDA required.  Water/Mineral Rights & Natural Resources Ample irrigation water is provided by 2 allotments from the Angostura Irrigation District. In addition to approximately 1/2 of a mile of Lame Johnny Creek that flows along the southern portion, the ranch overlooks and touches the Cheyenne River on the southeast corner. Domestic water is provided by a private well serviced by an electric submersible pump.  ranch also includes 4 ponds, 2 of which contain a nice population of catchable fish. In the event of a sale, all water rights permitted and adjudicated to the subject property shall be transferred to the buyers. Angostura Irrigation District Unit Number Acres Acre Feet Allotted 68B 53.49 142 69 118.59 327 Total 172.08 469 Includes an 8-tower Reinke center pivot with a 60HP pump irrigating 89+/- acres. 2021 Irrigation Assessment Amount $6,633.35. History History of Lame Johnny Creek Cornelius Donahue was born in Philadelphia around 1850, attended Girard College and after the Civil War, found himself working on ranches in Texas where he learned the art of thievery from the cowboys who would steal back the ranch horses frequently stolen by Indians. As the law started closing in on Donahue, the allure of gold discovered in the Black Hills diverted his attention. He changed his name to John Hurley and upon arriving in Deadwood, tried his hand at panning for gold. With little or no luck, he took a job as a bookkeeper with the Homestake Mining Co. That ended abruptly when a Texas man recognized him as a horse thief nicknamed Lame Johnny. Again a fugitive, Johnny returned to his old ways. Lame Johnny and his gang held up the stage known as “Moniter” which was owned by his former employer, Homestake Mining Co. The take on this particular stage included $3500 in cash, $500 in diamonds and 700 pounds of gold dust, nuggets and bullion. His limp gave him away and in October 1878 Johnny was arrested and taken to Chadron, NE where he was shackled and handcuffed to a stage headed to Deadwood for trial. Johnny’s trip was cut short when a band of vigilantes jumped the stage about 8 miles north east of Buffalo Gap and demanded he give up the whereabouts of the gold. He refused and still in his shackles, they shot him and hung him from an elm tree by a creek bed known today as Lame Johnny Creek.   Location The nearby small town of Buffalo Gap, population 139, is the closest community. Home to the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, the area’s surprising diversity of plants and animals is one of the most extensive, productive ecosystems in the United States.  The community of Hot Springs, population 3,500, has been called “the Southern Gateway to the Black Hills” because of its native charm, temperate year-round weather, outdoor recreation, and easy access to local attractions. In addition to the hospitality industry, Hot Springs is home to the county seat, many local businesses, a K12 public school and private elementary school. Two universities are located within one hour’s drive. Regional flight service is available within a 45-minute drive at Rapid City, SD. Rapid City is the second largest city in South Dakota and offers all types of shopping, fine and casual dining, medical facilities and industry. Today the Black Hills offers an inviting mix of recreational and cultural experiences and the area continues to be a destination of choice for tourists and retirees alike. As populations increase in the region, this property will be more conveniently-located than ever. Hunting, fishing, boating, camping, golfing, and outdoor recreational opportunities abound in the Southern Black Hills area. Within a short drive, you can explore Custer State Park, one of the nation’s premier state parks. Known for its bison herds and wildlife, it has even been named as one of the World’s Top Ten Wildlife Destinations. Also nearby are the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Moccasin Springs Natural Mineral Spa, Evans Plunge Mineral Springs, Angostura Recreation Area, J.H. Keith Cascade Falls Picnic Area, Moccasin Springs and more! The greater Black Hills region is a treasure-trove of not only natural beauty, but tourism as well, averaging 4 million visitors annually. Ranked #1 by Forbes as the best state for business costs in 2019, South Dakota is a business-friendly environment that encourages a secure economy, room to innovate and a reliable workforce. If you’re looking for a spacious lifestyle with wide open spaces, plenty of room to breathe and the beautiful Black Hills landscape, this area is the perfect blend of serene privacy with amenities within reach.


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Hayden Outdoors
Hayden Outdoors
Jeff Garrett
Jeff Garrett

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