History: The Hon John Beasley, the 1st county judge of McCulloch County, settled on this ranch in 1861. John, his wife Mary (Guess) Beasley raised 9 children on the ranch and three of the boys started the first bank in the area, The Bank of Mercury. John Beasley passed away on June 28, 1883 and his wife, Mary passed away in 1901. They were a very successful and well respected family and the Beasley Family Cemetery is located on the ranch. Beasley Crossing was located along a stretch of the Colorado River and, in 1896, the Brownwood to Brady stagecoach built a bridge to cross the Colorado and the remains of the bridge sit along both sides of the Colorado on this ranch.
Location: This beautiful 2189 acre cattle and hunting ranch is located in McCulloch and San Saba counties with the northern boundary being 5 1/2 miles of the Colorado River and the southern boundary including 1 mile of frontage on FM 765 and 1 mile of County Road 448. The ranch is east of Highway 377 and west of Highway 45 and located between Brady and Brownwood.
Description: The owner is motivated to sell and might consider a reasonable offer. He will sell the 1450 acre low fenced portion and the 750 high fenced portion separately. This ranch is beautiful, very well watered, and productive. The ranch is in beautiful, rolling country with some very scenic views along the Colorado River. There are many large live oak, pecan, and elm trees along the Colorado River and Deep Creek and lots of large live oak and mesquites located throughout the ranch. The Colorado River bottom area is beautiful and scenic and Deep Creek, a spring fed creek that always holds water and has bass and catfish, is some people's favorite area of the ranch because it is wide, deep, and lined with oaks, pecans, and elm trees. Deep Creek runs from FM 765 and flows through the ranch and empties into the Colorado River. 750 acres is high fenced and is covered in live oaks and mesquites with abundant native bunch grasses. There is 1/2 mile of frontage on the Colorado River and Deep Creek runs through the ranch in this high fenced area. 1450 acres is low fenced and is currently used for a cattle operation and has excellent hunting. It has excellent cross fencing and adequate water in all pastures. There is 5 miles of frontage on the Colorado River. 336 acres are currently planted in winter wheat and there are 3 new Valley pivots for wheat irrigation. There is an 80 acre pasture that was planted in B.Dahl in the spring of 2015, 60 acre Kleingrass pasture, a 160 acre pasture with 120 acres in Kleingrass and 40 acres in bull mesquite, 238 acres was planted in B.Dahl in March, 2016, 295 acres in native vegetation with Kleingrass scattered throughout, and 300 acres in lush river bottom. There is an old hunters house located near the Colorado River and it is surrounded by enormous, old live oak trees. There is a set of cattle pens with scales, and an implement barn in this area. It's a beautiful ranch to drive and there is lots of wildlife all over the ranch.
Hunting: The ranch has excellent hunting for whitetail deer, turkey, feral hogs, dove, ducks, and there are a few covey of bobwhite quail. The high fenced portion of the ranch has not been hunted since 2012 and some bred doe out of three bucks owned by Summit Whitetail and Exotics were released in 2012 and there are several really large trophy bucks in this portion of the ranch along with a few blackbuck antelope.
Cattle: The ranch has a herd of quality black angus cows and some 44 Farm bulls and the ranch participates in the 44 Farms Feeder Calf Buyback program which allows the ranch to sell calves to 44 Farms at a premium to the market price on the day of sale. All or a portion of the cows and bulls may be available for purchase by buyer.
Water: According to several experts and local ranchers this may be the most well watered ranch for many miles up and down the Colorado River. The owner will transfer 166 acre/feet of Senior Water Rights dated 1907. There are two artesian wells/springs on the ranch with an 18 GPM well maintaining a stock tank in the 700 acre high fenced area, and a 50-60 GPM artesian spring flowing through the ranch into Deep Creek. The owner has plans to build an irrigation lake to capture the water from this artesian spring. Several test water wells were drilled in various areas around the ranch and all flowed 50-60 GPM. Deep Creek is a beautiful spring fed creek that runs entirely through the ranch from south to north into the Colorado River. There are 5 stock tanks and 2 water wells with one of the water wells piped to cattle troughs throughout the ranch. Coop water is available at the SE corner of the ranch.
Hunting: The ranch has an outstanding whitetail deer herd and the 700 acre high fenced pasture had several bred doe out of some breeder bucks owned by Summit Whitetail and Exotics that were released in 2011. There are some outstanding trophy bucks in the high fenced portion and the well managed 1500 acre low fenced area has some whitetails with native genetics that might reach the 150 class. The high fenced pasture also has several black buck antelope. There are large numbers of turkeys and lots of pigs. Dove hunting is excellent with the Colorado River being a flyway and the ranch is full of croton. Duck hunting can be excellent due to the Colorado River and sloughs off the river. There are a few coveys of bobwhites on the ranch. Predator hunting for bobcats and coyotes is excellent.
Financial/Title: Listing price is $4,100/acre. Owner will sell 1450 acre low fenced area and 750 acre high fenced portion separately. Owner is motivated to sell and might consider a reasonable offer. Seller will provide current survey and basic title insurance. Electric transmission lines are located along County Road 448, FM 765, running up to ranch house, and a monopole electric transmission line runs through the southern part of the 700 acre high fenced portion. A hunting lease that renews annually has been in place for 25 years with the same group of responsible hunters. A private easement runs along the west fence line of the property from County Road 448 to the river. Ranch has Ag/exemption and property taxes for 2015 were $2670.
From Brownwood take Hwy 377 South for 21 miles, go east on Co Rd 448 for 3 miles to ranch. From Brady take Hwy 377 North for 24 miles, go east on Co Rd. 448 for 3 miles to ranch. From Richland Springs take Hwy 45 North for 10 miles, then take FM 765 for 9 miles to ranch.
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