Antelope Springs Ranch
Nolan & Coke
The location is remote. One hour by car to either San Angelo or Abilene, and 30 minutes to Sweetwater or Bronte. Totally surrounded by other ranches, the secluded location virtually eliminates problems with trespassers, poachers, vandals, and thieves. The ranch has an old, overgrown landing strip that can easily and inexpensively be put back into use. The strip would then accommodate a King Air or anything requiring less runway. Presently, private planes fly into nearby Avenger Field, just outside of Sweetwater.
The ranch is uniquely situated astraddle the Callahan Divide. This is the Great Divide of the State of Texas that separates the Colorado River system from the Brazos and its tributaries. The elevation of 2,550 ft above sea level, and an absence of humidity and annoying insects, create a most pleasant desert climate. The terrain is about an even mixture of open flat country and broken brushy draws and hillsides. A diverse variety of trees include beautiful live oaks and black walnuts, colorful sumacs and redbuds, pesky cedar and mesquite, and the bountiful shin oak whose acorns feed hogs, turkeys and deer alike.
Nine (9) water wells, eighteen (18) drinking troughs and five (5) reservoirs served by more than 20 miles of pipe, augmented by natural spring water, create a paradise for wildlife and livestock. Lab reports certify Antelope Springs well water among the finest and most pure natural water in the state of Texas.
• The “Dome on the Range Lodge” (insurance value $1.3 million) • 21 miles of “new” (since 2000) fencing, dividing the ranch into 8 grazing pastures. • Lab reports certify Antelope Springs well water among the finest and most pure natural water in the state of Texas. • Nine (9) water wells, eighteen (18) drinking troughs and five (5) reservoirs served by more than 20 miles of pipe, augmented by natural spring water, create a paradise for wildlife and livestock. • Thirty (30) years of management, in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife MLD program, has built a one to eight deer per acre ratio, and a longstanding one buck/2 doe ratio, which combination provides a superior “fair chase” hunting property. Lots of feral hogs, Rio Grande turkeys, and a full range of varmints also roam the ranch. Quail are “iffy” with more bad years than good. The Dome on the Range Lodge uses the same architectural components that Jefferson used at Monticello. The complex is comprised of a two-story octagon connected by several single story conventional rectangular elements, all partially contained within adobe walls, patios and enclaves. The unique construction provides ultimate utility efficiency. The dome walls can withstand winds of 400 mph. Minimum upkeep is required. Within the Lodge complex are game room, TV room, library/living room, kitchen and dining areas, billiard room and various weatherproof indoor/outdoor lounging areas. There are seven private bunk rooms with dormitory style bathroom facilities and an adjoining guest suite with private bath, and Owners Quarters with separate bath, kitchen, living room and office. We are blessed with a capable caretaking couple with nine years tenure. The ranch maintains separate housing on site for them. The original Ranch House built in 1921 has been refurbished and updated. It has two bedrooms and a sleeping loft with three beds, and is a handy comfortable space when the ranch hosts big parties, family reunions etc.
Activities on the ranch are almost unlimited: • Miles and miles of two-track trails provide opportunities for adventure on horseback, four wheelers, ATVs, and bikes, as well as for hikers and joggers. • Shooting opportunities include rifle and pistol ranges and sporting clays for the wing shots. • The ranch’s participation in the state MLD program allows an individual licensed hunter to harvest any number of Whitetail deer over and above the county’s prescribed limit until the MLD tags are exhausted. • Golfers need not hold back. The full-length driving range can contain the longest drive. • Golfers can also perfect their putting strokes on the poolside green. • As the temperature rises, so does the popularity of the plunge pool. • West Texas is host to a spectacular array of bird life. The ranch offers 14 safe and comfortable blinds for bird and wildlife viewing, as well as for deer, hog and turkey hunting. Don’t forget the binoculars……. or the wine. • Our part of the country doesn’t have a monopoly on sunsets or starry skies, but we do have a topnotch franchise. You have to see to believe. • Quiet time around the lodge is sometimes spent with jigsaw puzzles and board games, but some may choose to make a selection from the ranch’s impressive thousand plus volume library, highlighting Texas, the Southwest, and the Wild West of times gone by. • The “Barbeque Joint” is the perfect place for swapping stories and having a beverage or two. • Explorers of all ages cherish the thrill of searching for and finding shed horns, fossils, and arrowheads to add to the ranch artifact collection. • The Paleo Wheel: this outdoor display of stone artifacts, all discovered on ranch property, were left by North America’s most ancient people: The Mammoth Hunters. We continue to add to this collection from what is, apparently, a vast trove of prehistoric tools used by the Paleo Indians 8,000 to 11,000 years ago. In the center of the wheel are 66 round baked clay balls that range in size from smaller than a plum to larger than a softball. These curious objects are not particularly rare as they are found all over the Americas. However, this is among the largest collections of the balls ever found at one site. The balance of the objects displayed are scrapers, pre-forms, hand axes, shaft shapers, choppers and hammer stones. • Inside the lodge is an assemblage of smaller artifacts composed of beautiful bi-faced clear forks, intricate dart shapers, knives, delicate turtleback scrapers, grinders, wood planes, spear points, and a vast array of atlatl (dart) points, including a rare Folsom point.
This is a topnotch cattle ranch. It is located in a proven oil field with ongoing exploration. A 25% mineral interest is to be conveyed to the purchaser.
BIG PRICE REDUCTION - $1,450 PER ACRE OR $6,630,850.00
Antelope Springs Ranch: Part Resort; all Cattle Ranch, and Priced to Sell.
But in addition to being a Great Ranch, it has the potential to be the center of the Universe for a family, their happy place, their safe place, a haven of refuge in troubled times.
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