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$7,998,040  •  2,806.33 acres
General Description: This is the first time in 144 years this property has been offered for sale. Deep seeded in history, this cattle and trophy deer hunting ranch has plenty to offer. It is located in big, low-fenced ranch country with native rolling terrain covered in live oak, mesquite, and elm trees. The East Fork of Bufford Creek meanders through the property for 2 miles. Location: Approximately 12 miles E/NE of Breckenridge fronting on quiet FM 701 in a great location just over 2 miles north of Highway 67. There is approximately 3/4 mile of paved FM road frontage. It is 2 hours west of Dallas, 1 1/2 hours west of Fort Worth, 3 hours east of Midland, 1 hour NE of Abilene, and 24+/- miles to Graham. Directions: From Breckenridge, go east on Highway 180 and turn north towards Graham on Highway 67. Then go 7.3 miles to FM 701. Go North of FM 701 for 2.2 miles until the black pipe gate located on the left or west side of the road. History: The Muleshoe Ranch brand was registered in 1856 in Fannin County by Henry Black. Henry fought in the Confederate Army in 1861 and after 4 years he returned to find that his wife, Jane, had died giving birth to their 3rd child. He then remarried and started a new life with a master seamstress, Sarah. They then began their life together in poverty. Henry acquired most of his 1000 cattle and 500 horses by trading his skill and courage, moving herds of cattle across the Red River when it was overflowing. He also traded his wife's shirts for cattle and horses. In 1877, Henry and Sarah left Fannin County to relocate to Quanah, Texas, but a heavy rain season forced them to stop in Stephens County. They stopped along Bufford Creek and Henry went into Breckenridge the next day to purchase 4 sections of land. He, his brothers and his sons ultimately grew their herd to 20,000 head of cattle and the ranch to 30,000 acres. Henry passed away in 1906 at 66 years of age after catching the flu at a Confederate War veteran's reunion in New Orleans. His wife Sarah then divided the ranch amongst several family members. The Black family has had many accomplishments over the years, helping to make Breckenridge what it is today. This portion of the Black Brothers Muleshoe Ranch is now owned by 3 siblings being fourth generation owners. It is not every day that you come across an opportunity to purchase a historic ranch of this caliber. (Additional history is available upon request) Terrain: Rolling hills to level terrain with an elevation change of 130 feet (high elevation of 1290' and low elevation of 1160'). The East Fork of Bufford Creek meanders through the heart of the ranch. The riparian area along the creek is lined with mature elm and oak trees with incredible rock features of boulders and massive rock shelves creating a unique land feature. Pastureland is productive for cattle and there are scenic rocky ridges as well. Vegetation: This property is located in the Cross Timbers Region of Texas. Tree cover consists of mature live oak, post oak, cedar elm, hackberry, mesquite, and a variety of other trees commonly found in this area. Forbs, browse and cactus species include elbowbush, skunkbush, prickly pear, tasajillo, catclaw, lote bush and greenbrier to name a few. Native grasses include side oats, bluestem, switchgrass, Texas wintergrass, dropseed, buffalo grass, Indiangrass, curly mesquite, and a variety of other grasses. Wildlife habitat and pastureland is above average and in excellent condition. Water: There are at least twenty (20) earthen stock tanks providing water to livestock and wildlife in every pasture. Approximately 2 miles of the East Fork of Bufford Creek meanders through the middle of the ranch with seasonal pools of water. Rainfall averages around 29 inches annually and a rural water line runs along FM 701. (See below) Wildlife: Deer, turkey, hogs, quail, dove, ducks and native wildlife species are plentiful and provide great hunting and viewing. The free-ranging, low fence, trophy whitetail deer herd is one of the best you will find in Stephens County. Migratory ducks utilize the stock tanks in the fall and winter months creating additional hunting opportunities.The ranch has not been leased for hunting in decades (if ever) and the whitetail deer herd is in excellent condition as a result. There is one new deer feeder in place, but no other deer stands or feeders on the ranch. Deer Herd: The following data was obtained from a helicopter deer survey on October 20, 2021: TOTAL DEER: 213 DEER DENSITY: 1 deer per 13 acres BUCK: DOE RATIO: 1 buck: 3 does (43 bucks & 132 does) MATURE BUCKS: 8 mature bucks OTHER: Two bobcats, 6 coveys of quail, 96 hogs, 10 coyotes, and surprisingly only 5 turkey (which are normally abundant). Grazing: Carrying capacity for cattle is approximately 1 animal unit per 20-30 acres (depending on your goals and objectives). This ranch is 100% native with no land being cultivated. Rangeland is strong and cattle do very well in this area. Soils: A variety of soils types can be found. Lindy silt loam is common and may be used for cultivation, pasture, range, woodland, and wildlife. Other soils range from fine sandy loam to Throck clay to very stony/ bouldery soils. There are several areas conducive for cropland or wildlife food plots if desired by new owner. Fencing: Perimeter fences are in good to excellent condition and will hold cattle. There is approximately (1) mile of new fencing in the northwest portion of the ranch. In addition, several new gates have recently been installed to improve internal access. Eight (8) fenced pastures allow for rotational grazing and there are two (2) sets of cattle pens. Internal Roads & Access: There is a good system of roads to get around the property. Recent road work has improved internal access substantially. FM 701 runs along the East side of the ranch allowing access to the entrance gate in all weather conditions. Electricity: Oncor provides electricity to the property. There is electricity available throughout the property, but owner doesn't have any active meters since there are no structural improvements. Rural Water: Stephens Special Utility District has a rural water line running down FM 701. It is unknown whether a water meter can be obtained until an application is filled out and submitted. Stephens SUD will then complete an engineering study to determine the feasibility of adding a new meter. As of October 2021, a water meter was available for the ranch to be installed. Minerals: No minerals are being offered. Owners are believed to own a small portion of the mineral rights on this property. Oil & Gas Production: There are 31 well locations throughout the property. They are well hidden and generally away from the main road system. Easements: Sunoco Pipeline crosses the property creating a cleared right-of-way that is beneficial for hunting, grazing and viewing. It is regularly maintained. School District: Breckenridge ISD. Airports: Stephens County Airport is located a few miles south of Breckenridge. It is a quality airport with a 5000' runway to accommodate larger aircrafts. Fuel is available as well. Hospitals: Stephens Memorial Hospital is located in Breckenridge. Legal Description: 2806.33 acres located in TE&L Survey 2059 A-824, TE&L Survey 2058 A-823, J. Hopkins Survey A-74, TE&L Survey 1176 A-505, S.P. RR Co. Section 27 Block 4 A- 203, TE&L 2060 A-825, S.P. RR Co Section 23 Block 4 A-204, TE&L 1348 A-575 & TE&L 1351 A-578. Broker & Commission Disclosure: Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be identified upon first contact with Listing Broker/ Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be present at the initial property tour in order to participate in the real estate commission. Commission splits will be at the sole discretion of Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC. Comments: This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a historic legacy ranch. The Black Brothers Muleshoe Ranch is a true representation of a premier Stephens County cattle and hunting ranch. Property Taxes: 2021 Taxes are $3649.61. Price: $2850 per acre ($7,998,040) Contact: Blake Hortenstine 214-616-1305 mobile Jack Fauntleroy 940-550-4432 mobile
$5,550,000  •  126 acres
The Flat Iron Ranch is a spectacular prime 126-acre piece of paradise, offering rolling hills, an abundance of wildlife & trees & less than an hour from both Dallas and Fort Worth, just south of Bonham. This One of a Kind estate is unforgettable from the moment you drive through the gates. Surrounded by Million dollar views which include those of your very own 26 acre lake! Remarkable custom molding flows throughout every inch of the home. Travertine floors bring a refined air as well. All of the bedrooms enjoy exquisite views of the water and each feature their own well-appointed private full bath. You will also find a wine cellar with intricate wood & 100 year old brick detail, an elevator and so much more! The estate also features an impressive 5 stall barn for your horses, oversized corral, equipment building and 2 caretakers homes! A smaller pond is towards the back of the property. This home would make a great retreat of full time residence. The 26 Acre Lake is home to Texas fish! This Impeccable custom home was built with the most discerning materials and every option well thought out and executed. Once through the Grand entrance with custom double doors hand made for this home, the beautiful outside is still in with the abundance of arched windows. Columns from Italy, barrel ceilings, intricate wood detail are just a few of the rich details. Luxurious built in Sauna, Shower and Steam Room! The estate also features an impressive 5 stall barn for your horses, oversized corral, equipment building and 2 caretakers homes! Truly spectacular getaway and one you will never want to leave.
$1,050,000  •  126 acres
Under Contract
Overview: The O'Shields Family Ranch is a unique offering and a rare homestead property found in Fannin County, just a 1-hr and 20-minute drive northeast of Dallas, TX. A 3,450 +/- SF home sits on a high point on the front of the property. Found at the end of a county road, the privacy is impressive, and the property itself is a combination ranch. Several smaller ponds and stock tanks to both fish and water livestock in combination with the robust & improved pastures provide excellent appeal for an individual or family looking to operate a small cattle operation or a weekend getaway. Offered 'For Sale' for the first time in over 55 years, the 126 +/- acre O'Shields Family Ranch surely serves as an excellent full-time home, or a perfect weekend get-away. Location: The O'Shields Family Ranch sits just 75 miles northeast of Dallas, 14 miles southeast of Bonham, and 2 +/- miles south of Windom, TX. Access is provided by the single lane, graveled CR 3230, off the blacktop CR 3250. The address to the property is 1044 CR 3225, Windom, TX. Improvements: Built in the late 90s, the 3,450-SF home on the ranch is well-situated at the front of the property and the end of a county road. The home sits on a high point, overlooking the property's 1+/- acre pond and the surrounding North Texas landscape. Complete with a 2-car garage, custom stone fireplace, and tall ceilings, the 3-bedroom and 2-bathroom home include large living and kitchen areas. A porch on the northside of the home provides a perfect place to watch kids play in the yard, cattle graze in the pastures or a North Texas sunset burns up the sky. An older, 1,800SF barn with dirt floor sits nearby, and a working set of cattle pens is located at the center of the property to collect and take livestock to sale. Surface Water: Surface water on the O'Shields Family Ranch is suitable for both recreation and as a source of water for livestock. Several smaller drainages fill three stock tanks (A 1 +/- AC pond and two smaller tanks) stocked with bass, crappie, and catfish. Area History: The history of Fannin Co and the surrounding Bonham and Windom townships is a long and complicated history. Before European settlement, the area was dominated by Caddo Indian culture. These tribes were known to be some of the first sedentary cultures of the Native Americans. Irrigation, farming, and the construction of homes meant these tribes thrived where they lived, utilizing the springs, creeks, and rivers still found in this productive area of Texas. The area is drained by the Red River and Bois D'Arc Creek; Fannin Co is watered by springs throughout and the average 43 inches of annual rain. The natural flora consists of oak, hickory, ash, walnut, pecan, cottonwood, elm, cedar, and Bois D'Arc trees, as well as redbud, spicewood, dogwood, pawpaw, and dwarf buckeye. The county was originally to be named 'Independence', but during debates over the bill, the name was changed to Fannin, in honor of James Walker Fannin, Jr., a martyred hero of the Texas Revolution. The first county seat was named 'Bois D'Arc' in 1843, after the local tree that shaped the Native American's lifestyle here. In 1844 Bois D'Arc was renamed Bonham in honor of James Butler Bonham, a defender of the Alamo. Bonham has continued to be the major center of commerce for Fannin County and remains the county seat today. Appearing on topographic maps and Google Earth still today, Burnett, TX was located on the O'Shields Family property. Named after local author and journalist, Thomas R Burnett, whose family arrived in early-1850 from Tennessee. Journalism became a passion in the young Burnett, and soon thereafter every major publication from Bonham, Paris, Ladonia, and Denton, TX were founded with help from Burnett. In September of 1876, Burnett set out across North Texas, reporting, writing, and advancing the interests of publications throughout the area. In 1888, Burnett moved to Dallas and merged his paper with the local publication. Burnett is buried in Oak Cliff Cemetery in Dallas, but his presence and influence can still be seen in the newspapers, publications, and organizations that he helped found throughout North Texas. Terrain & Wildlife Habitat: The property has rolling terrain throughout, with the home situated on a high point on the property, overlooking several of the pastures, the 1+/- acre pond, and a northern horizon. Burnett Creek (named after Thomas R. Burnett) fronts along the property's eastern boundary, and an unnamed drainage on the western boundary both provide travel corridors for wildlife. The owner reports an increase in the deer population recently, with other game seen being hogs, coyotes, bobcats, and ducks using the ponds during the winter. Large pecan trees are scattered throughout the pastures, as red oaks, hickory, cedar, and elm trees contribute to most of the timber found here. Fencing & Pens: The perimeter fences around the property range in condition from average to good. The fences will hold livestock, and a set of older working pens could be utilized with some maintenance and renovation. Livestock & Grazing: A grazing tenant currently runs livestock on the property. Minerals: No minerals convey with the sale, there is however no active production on the ranch or in the immediate area. School District: The property lies in Honey Grove Independent School District. Electric Utility: Fannin County Electric Coop. Water Utility: Contact agent for more information. Taxes:Taxes were estimated to be $3,400 for 2021. The property is agriculturally exempt. Price Reduced: $1,050,000 Contact: Chris Wengierski, Agent Cell: (214) 707-3474 Broker & Commission Disclosure: Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be identified upon first contact with Listing Broker/ Listing Agent and Buyer's Agent/ Broker must be present at the initial property tour in order to participate in the real estate commission. Commission splits will be at the sole discretion of Hortenstine Ranch Company, LLC.