The Land Report

Spring 2015

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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64 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 LANDREPORT.COM D on't be fooled by the desolate setting. Although Persimmon Gap Ranch is miles from its nearest neighbor, the amount of scintillating conversation one en- counters in the company of our 2014 Legacy Landowners, Katharine Armstrong and Ben Love, rivals anything one might overhear in New York or Washington. Why do Americans venerate property rights to a degree unmatched anywhere else? How much value do private landowners create for their fellow citizens? Care for a little more crawfish étouffée? Topics ricochet and laughter reverberates throughout our stellar luncheon at the ranch's sturdy headquarters. The fact that it's the wettest spring in memory heightens the tempo. The Loves bought Persimmon Gap in 1960, and Ben subsequently acquired it from his family. "Twice." That's how often he's seen this much moisture this early in the year. He happily admits to eyeing wildflowers that he's never seen before. "I don't even know their names." Ben says this with a smile on his face. Katharine wears a grin as well. When this couple's land is happy, they are happy too. It's contagious. Te xt by Eric O'Keefe Photo g raphy by Gustav Schmiege III Born into cattle-raising families, Katharine and Ben were reintroduced to each other by Susan Combs, a mutual friend, whose family's Brewster County ranch is located just up the road from Persimmon Gap Ranch. 2014 LEGACY LANDOWNERS A R M S T R O N G & P E R S I M M O N G A P R A N C H E S

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