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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From the beginning, only family and friends have hunted the ranch. "Living on the ranch has been like living in a national park," says Wharton. Thousands of manmade stock ponds — known as tanks on the Waggoner — provide much-needed water for cattle and countless wildlife species that call the great ranch home. Despite the presence of numerous creeks and the Wichita River, which winds its way across a portion of the ranch, these tanks are of vital importance. Many of the tanks, stocked or naturally populated, provide excellent fishing for bass, catfish, and bream. A Waggoner cow never has to walk farther than a mile to water. Two large reservoirs — 16,540-acre Lake Kemp and 3,300-acre Lake Diversion — offer superb fishing, boating, and other recreational opportunities. Says Willingham, "It is a sad part of our lives to sell the ranch; however, everything has its time, and the time now is to sell and move the ranch into a new era of ownership," Willingham points out that "the ranch has been a big part our lives. My wife, Helen, and her sister, Electra, grew up on the ranch. My wife and I have very happily raised our children here, and they, in turn, are raising our grandchildren with the ranch being a part of their lives. When we leave the ranch, it will be with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our wonderful employees who are also our family". Says Wharton, "Hopefully, the buyer will keep it going. This ranch has been not only my life but a lot of other people's lives as well. You can hardly go anywhere in this country without running into someone whose grandfather or some other relative worked on the ranch. It's amazing how many people this place has touched. If you love Texas, you can't help but love the Waggoner Ranch." W I N T E R 2 0 1 4 | The LandReport 77 LANDREPORT.COM "If you love Texas, you can't help but love the Waggoner Ranch." — Buck Wharton

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