Location: Echo Valley Ranch is located north east of the town of Coleman in Coleman County, TX.
Water: There are two creeks that traverse the ranch?with approximately 1.25 miles of frontage on Jim Ned Creek and about 1 mile or so of frontage on Indian Creek. Additionally there are 14 ponds with the largest being approximately 5 acres.
Wildlife: Echo Valley Ranch has tremendous deer, hog, turkey, and dove hunting. In recent years the quail population has rebounded significantly and hopefully will once again return to legendary status. Several of the larger watersheds have excellent waterfowl potential with hundreds of ducks residing on the various impoundments in the fall and winter months.
Improvements: There are no structures located on the property.Coleman County Electric Co-op Provides Electricity to the property.Coleman County Special Utility District provides community water to the property.
Minerals: No Minerals are being conveyed at the current asking price.
Terrain and Natural Features: Elevations range from 1,530 feet in the valley to 1,680 feet on the top of the ridges and exhibits much diversity throughout. Soils primarily consist of various clay loams and are very productive.
Taxes / Tax Year: $1,706 / 2014
Property Summary:Echo Valley Ranch is located north east of Coleman, TX where a town called Echo once stood.
Coleman County was founded in 1858. Not long after, the route for the Western Cattle Trail began near San Antonio, TX and ended in Ogallala, Nebraska. At Coleman City, herds often trailed right through town, traveling along Colorado Street. North of Coleman, herds forded Jim Ned Creek before continuing north.
It was on a cattle drive in the Spring of 1884 that an ambitious cowhand by the name of J.P. Morris accompanied several thousand steers. Morris always kept his eyes open for good grazing land and he wanted a well-watered place with strong soil that could grow grass in abundance.
While waiting a couple days for the flood waters of Jim Ned Creek to recede, Morris set out on his horse to explore the area. On one of these trips, he first laid eyes on the lush grass and broad valley that would someday become his home. At the confluence of Indian and Jim Ned Creeks, his search for the perfect ranch that he so patiently waited, came to an end. The land had everything that he wanted in a ranch: broad, well-watered creek valleys filled with lush grasses, which would support year-round cattle grazing.
Over the next 53 years until Morris?s death in 1937, he compiled over 70,000 acres of land known as the Rafter 3 Ranch?prior to dividing it between his children.
To this day, Morris? descendants still own portions of the original property. Echo Valley Ranch is one of those parcels. Priced at only $2,395/acre it is waiting for the next discriminating owner to step in and carry the rich history forward into a new era.
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