King Ranch in Texas

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How did king ranch happen?

The 825,000-acre King Ranch, in Nueces, Kenedy, Kleberg, and Willacy counties, had its beginning in 1852, when Richard King and Gideon K. Lewisqqv set up a cattle camp on Santa Gertrudis Creek in South Texas.

How did the ranch grow?

Formal purchase began in 1853, when they bought a Spanish land grant, Rincón de Santa Gertrudis, of 15,500 acres on Santa Gertrudis Creek in Nueces County. A short time later they purchased the Garza Santa Gertrudis grant of 53,000 acres. During the mid-1850s, as partners, King and Lewis acquired more landholdings around the area of the creek

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The ranch now

During the 1980s and 1990s the ranch became more involved in tourism. By the later 1980s visitors could tour the ranch along a twelve-mile driving loop. In the 1990s tourists could also visit the King Ranch Museum in Kingsville, which features historic ranch items and photographs.

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