He’s pushing ninety and still saddling up at the Four Sixes Ranch. Just don’t call him the last cowboy.
In Matagorda, the Huebner Brothers Cattle Company has been leading a semiannual cattle drive for more than a hundred years.
After Becky Smith took over the B-C Ranch in Alpine, her all-women team took a different approach to wrangling cattle.
Given the choice between an influx of vampire bats and an influx of tech bros in Patagonia vests . . .
Across U.S. highways and country roads, Wilson was determined to move cattle in a way that honored the men that came before him.
Our special Valentine’s Day video tells the story of two ranchers who found each other again in their eighties.
Taylor Collins and Katie Forrest welcome guests to their sprawling Hill Country home.
Nothing comes easy when you’re dividing up the countryside.
Life on the ranch was hard enough already, and full of uncertainty. Then a string of dead calves turned up, and everything pointed to murder. But why? And how? A Longview mystery.
Wallace wrote about the life and times of Myrtis Dightman, a rodeo star who should've been champ.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Hungerford, seventeen-year-old Logan Goudeau and her community came together to save their livestock. By helicopter.
Everything old is new again at Contigo Ranch.
A struggling community forges a life for itself against the odds.
The scion of one of Laredo’s first families wants to build a mammoth landfill on his ranch. But the opposition is fierce and vocal—and backed by none other than his uncle and his cousin.
The mouth of the Colorado River, in Matagorda County.
After Texas Tech researchers discovered that windstorms may be spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria from local feedlots, public health experts stood up and took notice. So did the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Chronicling a mythic ranch—and its cowboys—with twenty-first century technology.
Why is the federal government claiming thousands of acres of riverfront property from a bunch of North Texas landowners?
The great trail drives head for the last roundup.
Texas Monthly gets an exclusive look inside the iconic Main House of the King Ranch.
Taking stock of small-town stock shows.
The descendants of Richard and Henrietta King do hereby invite you into the King Ranch with these exclusive photographs of the one-hundred-year-old Main House.
Texas wildlife officials say they’re just trying to stop the spread of a deadly infection. Deer breeders see another agenda at work.
The short answer: Maybe, but it’s not likely to succeed.
A ranching photo essay.
How the sale of the Powderhorn Ranch is the greatest thing to have happened for Texas.
These three properties are yours for the ogling.
Jeff Boswell will find your dream spread.
Why we will always worship the ground we walk on.
Should be a meaty ad campaign as they beef up their marketing presence for tender audiences.
Spoiler alert: It's gross.
Rex Tillerson joined a lawsuit to prevent the construction of a fracking-related project near his ranch in Denton. The irony here is rich.
Rising beef prices make cattle rustling incredibly lucrative, with animals fetching up to $1,000 per head at sale barns.
On 50,000 acres that they have mostly to themselves (not including their hounds, mules, horses, cattle, chickens, piglets, and parents), Jasper, Trevor, and Tanner Klein live a life almost untouched by the modern world.
Bad as the current drought is, it has yet to match the most arid spell in Texas history. Nearly two dozen survivors of the fifties drought remember the time it never rained.
The King Ranch saga: how one family conquered, tamed, loved, toiled on, and fought over a great piece of Texas.
What does it take to break a wild mustang? Patience, horse sense, experience, and if you’re Teryn Lee Muench, no more than one hundred days.
Sterry Butcher talks about her experience watching Teryn Lee Muench break a wild mustang in less than one hundred days.
Forty years after its publication, Horseman, Pass By is still one of Larry McMurtry's finest novelsand as groundbreaking as J. D. Salinger's masterpiece.
The Kineños are the ranch’s other family.
Robert E. Lee advised his friend Richard King to build his permanent home at the highest point on the surrounding prairie, a little rise on the banks of Santa Gertrudis Creek. The first building was a tiny adobe jacal built of mud and sticks. The one-story house that replaced it
Richard King and his wife, Henrietta, founded the King Ranch. Their daughter Alice and her husband, Robert Kleberg—shown with their children in the turn-of-the-century photograph at the right—founded the family that sustained it. When Henrietta King died in 1925, the ranch’s 1.2 million acres were divided among her heirs.
A tour through the ranch’s four divisions, an eminent 825,000-acre domain.
How has the state’s most storied ranch managed to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century? By operating in a way that its founder, Captain Richard King, would scarcely recognize.
Cattle ranching in Texas has been endangered almost since its inception. Has the harsh economic reality finally caught up with our most iconic business?
After a harrowing skirmish with the Comanche in 1860, Charles Goodnight cut for sign to track down warriors who had escaped. That practice, in which a person searches for people or animals by “cutting,” or studying a section of land for clues, may seem like a lost art of the
Hauling Herefords isn’t like towing a sailboat. A loaded stock trailer can weigh up to 30,000 pounds, and if you hook something that heavy to a bumper, you’ll drive away without your back end. “Gooseneck hitches are common in livestock operations,” says Joe Lewis, who has worked at Rosenberg-based Discount
The word probably makes you think of rhinestone-studded jeans, floppy-brimmed hats, and Nashville queens, but “cowgirl” ought to stand for the tough pioneer women who built ranches and went on cattle drives and the hardy rural women who are out there today doing their fair share of the work, usually invisibly,
When Sam Graves and his 22-year-old bay gelding, Old Hub, beat ten other cowboys to win $150 in the first advertised cutting competition, in Haskell in 1898, he could not have imagined how the sport would evolve. Today the National Cutting Horse Association, which hosts the World Championship Futurity, in