The Land Report

Winter 2014

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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33 | 34 | 34 | 34 | 37 | Lyda Family 260,035 acres The Lydas' La Escalera Ranches are both in Texas and include 229,635 acres near Fort Stockton and 30,400 contiguous acres northwest of Fort Worth. Recent studies indicate vast quantities of fresh water below the former in the Capitan Reef Aquifer. La Escalera is also known as a wildlife haven for desert mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, Rio Grande turkey, and blue quail. Jones Family 255,000 acres The Jones family found early success with cattle ranching and real estate along the Texas coast. Today, A.C. Jones IV manages the family's holdings, most of which are located near Corpus Christi. They include the Alta Vista Ranch, the Alta Colorado Ranch, and the Borregos Ranch. Killam Family 255,000 acres David Killam is the third-generation CEO of the family-owned Killam Companies, which are based in Laredo, Texas. Killam earned a degree in ranch management from Texas Christian University. Last year, the Killams purchased the Dana Ranch, a stunning 60,000-acre property situated along the Missouri River in the geographic heart of Montana near Great Falls. Assembled almost a century ago by Edwin Dana, "the cattle king of the Northwest," the ranch boasted the largest purebred herd of Hereford cattle in the U.S. during Dana's ownership tenure. Lacking an heir, Dana turned the ranch over to John Cameron, a trusted friend and confidante, whose family stewarded it until 2013. True Family 255,000 acres Since the 1950s, the True family's business holdings have been closely linked to success- ful oil-field development and production in Wyoming. The family's ranch holdings are equally impressive: True Ranches includes seven productive properties, two farms, and feedlots. Some of the ranches are dyed-in- the-wool Western icons, such as the LAK Ranch, which straddles the Wyoming-South Dakota border, and the VR Ranch, which was established in the late 1800s. Reynolds Family 250,000 acres In the years following the Civil War, the Reynoldses began ranching along the Clear Fork of the Brazos River near the frontier outpost of Fort Griffin, Texas. Brothers George Thomas and William David Reynolds registered the Long X brand, and the two began running their herds as far west as the Davis Mountains and as far north as Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Canada. Thanks to their success, they were able to establish a base of operations on ranches in Haskell, Shackelford, and Throckmorton Counties. In 1884, they incorporated at the First National Bank in Albany. In 1895, they acquired 232,000 acres in Jeff Davis County on which they established the Long X Ranch. The brothers' heirs own ranches in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, and North Dakota. 102 The LandReport | W I N T E R 2 0 1 4 LANDREPORT.COM The L and Report 100 Conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon received the Land Trust Alliance's President's Award for Conservation Leadership in Providence on Sept. 18. No. 44

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