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Chapman had been the quartermaster of Fort Brown in Brownsville, and regulated the steamboat contracts to supply Fort Ringgold, up river in Rio Grande City. Chapman's heirs published the letters home from his wife in a new book named The News From Brownsville. King thus retained operational control of the Ranch, with Walworth as a silent partner who held title to the land, and who paid taxes on it. King and Walworth's brand was registered June 27, along with his earlier brands see below.

When King and his partners began hiring people to staff the ranch, they hired a number of Mexican hands. In one notable case, King traveled to the village of Cruillas , Tamaulipas , Mexico in the early months of the village having been decimated by a severe drought and purchased the village's entire cattle population. But shortly after leaving the village, King realized that, by solving the village's short-term problem providing needed income to survive the drought , he created a longer-term one now the village had no source of future income.

King Ranch Story Truth and Myth

King thus returned to Cruillas and offered the entrada of villagers the opportunity to work for him, in exchange for food, shelter, and income. Many of the villagers accepted King's offer and relocated to Texas. Over time, some original grantees returned to their land. Lea estimated the expenses were smaller.

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The first brand was the ere flecha an R with arrow through it. In , the ranch recorded its first official brands HK and LK. In , the ranch registered its "Running W" brand, which remains the King Ranch's official mark today.

At the time, the ranch grazed cattle, horses, sheep and goats. By the mids, though, the ranch's hallmark stock had become the hardy Texas Longhorn. The ranch also boasted several Brahman bulls, as well as Beef Shorthorns and Herefords. The Brahmans, which were native to South Asia, were well adapted to thrive in South Texas' hot climate; they were crossed with the ranch's Beef Shorthorns to produce the ranch's own trademark stock — the Santa Gertrudis cattle , which were recognized as a breed in The Santa Gertrudis was the first American breed of beef cattle.

In the Civil War, initially, the disruption of the flow of cattle to market caused a drop in beef prices. The — winter pushed uncounted cattle south toward the Nueces and Rio Grande.

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It became too tempting to simply herd cattle across the Nueces or Rio Grande. Even in this time of loss, by , Richard King was able to round up 48, of an estimated 84, head of cattle. Allowing for 10, remaining, Richard King claimed a loss of 33, head from to To handle depredations rustling , the ranchers formed the Stock Raisers Association of Western Texas in ; Mifflin Kenedy led the first meeting.

By , the Texas Rangers were re-established, and were a factor in controlling the depredations. By , , head of cattle made their way from the West to the railroads of Kansas, and thence to the stockyards of Chicago. Richard King could drive his cattle for a hundred days to the railheads of Kansas. By , though, , head of cattle caused a market glut, which King avoided by personal negotiation in Abilene. King managed to avoid the September 19, , Black Friday panic by selling early. During the lean year that followed, King continued to fence his land, and manage his cattle, horses and sheep.

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One technique King used to manage costs was to make his trail bosses the owners of the herd. The bosses would sign a note for the cattle, which they would begin to drive to market in February of each year, for the day drive.

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The bosses were also the employers of the outfit. It was here that the great Santa Gertrudis cattle, and the indispensable western quarter horse were developed. The book also includes terrifying stories of ancient ghosts and hauntings that still imbue many of the secret places on the ranch with a sense of mystery and fear. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4.

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The King Ranch is Texas' oldest and greatest ranch, and this book full of fascinating historical details. Rather like a trip to a museum, the writing is not excellent, but the factual content is exceptional and exciting. It is amazing that one ranch could be linked to so many historical events. The stories range from riverboat adventures to Civil War cotton smuggling to early Texas marshall stories. Richard King, the founder, even persuaded an entire village to relocate and work for him on his g The King Ranch is Texas' oldest and greatest ranch, and this book full of fascinating historical details.

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