THE HISTORIC JOHNSON RANCH
Offered for the first time ever to the public, the historic Johnson Ranch is one of those rare properties that provides year-round recreational opportunities, is a working cattle ranch and farm, as well as an income-producing investment. The 3,718 acre property encompasses rolling hills, rocky canyons, grassland, cropland and cottonwood, cedar and mesquite trees, high fenced, perfect for wildlife habitat. The ranch also contains excellent live water characteristics, including perennial streams, various water wells, swimming holes, cattle ponds and flowing springs. Johnson Ranch is situated 12 miles northeast of Snyder, Texas, on the banks of Ennis Creek, which runs year-round across the southern half of the property. Abilene, Lubbock and Midland-Odessa are about 80 miles away.
Whitetail deer, wild hogs, quail and turkey freely roam in the canyons and along the creek beds of this historic property. The native whitetail enjoy a hearty diet of protein and other minerals year-round and have been strictly managed for over 15 years. Only last year, the entire 3,817 acre ranch was high-fenced, ensuring the quality and quantity of wildlife is top notch. This hunting paradise is ready for stocking of all types of exotic game animals. The varied topography in the rangeland offers hunters a chance to test their skills in a variety of settings. There is great catfish, bass and crappie fishing in Ennis Creek as it winds along the southern pastures.
The cattle operation has been leased to the same rancher for over 15 years. The rangeland can easily accommodate 175 head of cows rotated between three pastures. To supplement the range cattle, a 900 acre cultivated field has been used to plant wheat and raise stocker calves, or in some years, it produces various crops, including cotton and all types of feed for storage. It is reportedly the largest single cultivated field in Scurry County.
The ranch enjoys steady and diverse annual revenue streams from oil and gas leases, and is viable for wind energy. A significant percentage of the mineral rights and oil production will transfer with the sale of the property. There are 12 producing oil and gas wells across the ranch, some of which have been consistently producing since the 1970s. New oil wells are discovered continuously in various formations and depths. As landowner, you will immediately have an oil revenue stream from the current production and access to parties interested in leasing additional property. Through discussions with operators, new well locations are planned and promising.
HISTORICAL TEXAS RANCH HOUSE
In 1883, pioneer rancher Billy Johnson homesteaded the original 18,000 acre ranch. In 1902, he began building the magnificent Big House, a Texas ranch house that still stands today on a hill in the middle of the property. The house features approximately 6,000 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and a beautiful formal living room, dining room and parlor of rich paneled oak walls, beamed ceilings, built-in cabinetry, an ornate carved staircase, large stone fireplaces and a grand piano. There is a wonderful country kitchen, a pool room and library. The vast porches that wrap around on three sides of the Big House on two floors are a great place to relax, cool off or watch the stars.
Over the past 100 years, many famous westerners have spent time in this historic home, to include Tom Mix, Will Rogers and Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, who captured Bonnie & Clyde. There are several recent books that are currently available that tell these and more stories about the ranchs history. Today, the house is on the prestigious Texas Historical Register and holds quite a place in Texas history.
In 2008, a new 6,000 square foot enclosed metal barn was built with an additional 4,000 square feet under cover. It sits on a concrete pad and includes a full kitchen, bathroom and support system for a loft. There is an additional 2,000 square foot storage barn on the north side of the ranch.
Water on the ranch is provided by three wells. The potential for additional water wells is excellent. Ennis Creek continues to replenish the aquifer year round, and there are two stock watering ponds on the north side of the ranch.
Purchase of the Johnson Ranch will include 100% of the wind energy rights. LCE, a wind energy company, has executed contracts with the property owners to develop an expansive wind energy field, indicating the viability of a revenue stream from wind energy. Existing windmills are located within three miles of the southern property line and a main transmission line is situated within two miles of the northern property line. With the higher elevations of the western portion of the ranch, it is an excellent candidate for wind energy.
In summary, this is a truly unique opportunity to purchase the historic Johnson Ranch that has been closely held by the family since Billy Johnson acquired it in the 1800s. As the landowner, you will enjoy relaxing at the Big House, looking over your beautiful ranchlands, rich in West Texas history. Couple this with the diverse suite of revenue streams, and you will know the Johnson Ranch stands alone.
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