Ranching

Showdown at Waggoner Ranch

Jan 1, 2004 By Gary Cartwright

It’s the nation’s biggest spread within the confines of a single fence—more than eight hundred square miles extending across six counties. So it’s fitting that the family feud over its future is big too. And mythic.

The Secret History

Dec 1, 2002 By Don Graham

Did Richard King cheat his partner's heirs out of a chunk of the King Ranch nearly 120 years ago? He may have—and if the Texas Supreme Court permits Chapman v. King Ranch, Inc., to go to trial, the past could come back to haunt the state's most storied spread.

When We Were Kings

Jul 31, 1998 By Skip Hollandsworth

For the first time in its history, the world-famous King Ranch is being run by someone other than a descendant of its founder. Can the mythic institution survive a changing of the guard?

The Last Posse

Mar 1, 1998 By Gary Cartwright

After thieves stole his daughter’s horse, deputy U.S. marshal Parnell McNamara didn’t make a federal case out of it. Instead, he rounded up a group of old-style lawmen and lit out after them.

The War for the Colorado

Apr 30, 1997 By Helen Thorpe

Battles over the river’s precious waters are pulling in everyone from pecan growers in Central Texas to shrimpers in Matagorda Bay, not to mention thirsty cities like San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Who will be left high and dry?

Land Values

Dec 1, 1996 By Texas Monthly

THANKS TO PAUL BURKA AND photographer Andrew Yates for capturing the story of the Stoners [“Home on the Range,” by Paul Burka, October 1996] with compassion and respect. As a 57-year-old ranch wife trying to keep my ranch going with my son (the fifth generation farmer-rancher on our land)…

Home on the Range

Sep 30, 1996 By Paul Burka

Home on the Range All over Texas, small ranchers are giving up and moving to the city. But the Stoner family of Uvalde is as determined as ever to hold on to its land—and its way of life.

Waterworld

Aug 31, 1995 By Helen Thorpe

Roberts County landowners are battling to save the Ogallala Aquifer—;and what remains of heir agrarian past.

The Last Roundup

Feb 1, 1985 By Gary Cartwright

“When the cowboys on the 06 ranch talked about losing a way of life, they often pointed to their neighbor, Clayton Williams, as an example of what they meant. He was a millionaire and an oilman, and he represented everything they hated.”

Ol’ Blue

Dec 1, 1977 By John Graves

A good country dog is loyal, obedient, and knows the difference between a chicken and a possum.

Meat

Aug 31, 1977 By John Graves

The raw truth about out steaks and chops.

Coping

Feb 1, 1977 By John Graves

Living in the country is all you ever wanted—and probably more than you bargained for.