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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BackGate 96 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 LANDREPORT.COM Powderhorn Ranch F uture generations will cherish Texas's 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch, a rare swath of coastal wetland now preserved in perpetuity. But for droves of German settlers, this prairie by the sea was a life-or-death scenario. Led by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, they came ashore in 1844 and were greeted by Karankawa Indians and Mother Nature's wrath. Although this land was (and is) a verdant haven, deadly hurricanes and unending privation proved to be the rule of the day. The hardy settlers buried their dead, moved elsewhere, and were replaced by cattlemen. Through their stewardship, this great ranch remained much as it was during the days of the Karankawa. Turn to page 74 and learn more about this epic holding, The Land Report 2014 Deal of the Year. — The Editors Above: Sunset over Matagorda Bay. Right: A child's tombstone on Powderhorn. JEROD FOSTER/THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

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