800-Acre Skipper Ranch in South Texas Up for Sale
Playing on its Texas history, the owners of the 800-acre legendary Skipper Ranch are looking for a buyer.
Texas oilman Barney Skipper, known as "the Longview oil prophet, established the ranch in the early 1930s as a hunting retreat, a haven for white-tailed deer, exotics, dove, javelin, turkey, quail and other migratory birds. The South Texas ranch is located 23 miles from Falfurrias and 50 miles north of McAllen. Steering the sale is Charles Davidson of Republic Ranches.
Skipper's son claimed his spot in Texas history as the owner of Poco Lena, a championship show horse, and became one of the nation's best known judges and exhibitors of horses. Poco Lena is the first horse inducted into the National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame and first mare inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame.
The property features a half-acre pond, six-acre stocked fishing lake, two docks and swim platform. The ranch participates in Texas Parks & Wildlife's MLDP program (Level 3).
The main house, built in 1936, totals 3,000 square feet. The grounds also include a 3,275-square-foot lodge and 728-square-foot bunk house as well as barns and out buildings, including a walk-in cooler and game cleaning area and two no-maintenance bat houses for insect control. The rangelands are watered by three miles of water distribution to eight ponds/lakes and several irrigated food plots.