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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D D D 72 The LandReport | W I N T E R 2 0 1 4 LANDREPORT.COM The L and Report 100 e Bold Brand For well over a century, cowmen have tipped their hats to the 3Ds. From cattle drives to cutting-horse competitions, the W.T. Waggoner Ranch enjoys a renown that somehow exceeds its endless fence line. Now a new chapter beckons. Te x t b y Henr y Chappell P h o t o g r a p h y b y Wyman Meinzer In the early days, when it was time to make a grocery run, Paul would saddle his horse in the morning, ride to Coffee Creek, and stay the night at his brother Whitt's. Next day, the two would hop in Whitt's car, drive to Vernon, get groceries, go back to the ranch commissary, get more groceries, and head back to Coffee Creek for the night. On day three, they'd load up Whitt's car, haul the groceries to Cedar Top, and then drive back to Coffee Creek again. On day four, his grocery shopping complete, Whitley would saddle up and ride back to Cedar Top. I n 1947, legendary Waggoner Ranch camp man Paul Whitley loaded his bed on a packhorse, climbed on his saddle horse, and rode all day to Cedar Top, a remote camp near the center of the half-million-acre ranch. As he drew near and saw the house on the hill, he thought it "the most lonesome, desertedest place" he'd ever seen. And, if it hadn't been so far he'd have just turned around and ridden straight back to headquarters. But Whitley stayed — for 42 years — until the day he died. OPPOSITE: Riding for the 3Ds. ABOVE: The Waggoner is home to countless traps, such as this one known as Red Jackson.

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