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Near Buffalo Springs in Lubbock County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

V-8 Ranch

 
 
V-8 Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, March 10, 2021
1. V-8 Ranch Marker
Inscription.  

Nestled into a small, shallow valley created by a bend in the north fork of the double mountain fork of the Brazos River, the 1,500-acre V-8 Ranch contains the headquarters of the vast Ioa ranch, which was a 14 by 30-mile contiguous block of land covering most of the southern half of Lubbock County. The Ioa was established in 1884-1886, just as the free-range cattle industry collapsed due to drought and economic conditions.

Beginning in 1893, the process to sell the ranch's cattle began. Frank Wheelock, great nephew of principal stockholder Stillman Wheelock and later Lubbock's first mayor, also started selling the ranch's land, resulting in a series of lawsuits that culminated in a sheriff's sale and acquisition by H.L. Kokernot in 1901.

In 1914, George Boles, a well-known south plains rancher, bought 5,000 acres from the Kokernots. Boles owned the property until it was lost to foreclosure in 1935.

A 3,400-acre portion of the Boles property was acquired by Sam C. Arnett, Sr., and George Benson in 1939. Benson and Arnett were business partners in many ventures, including Citizen's National

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Bank, insurance and real estate investments, and a ford dealership. When they purchased this property, they renamed it V-8 ranch, in honor of the ford V-8 engine. As of 2017, the remaining acreage is owned by the Arnett family.

Numerous buildings on the property, including the stucco residence, are some of the oldest ranch structures in Lubbock county. They may have been built by sheep herder Zach Williams in 1877, the Ioa company in the 1880S, or George Boles between 1914 and 1935. In spite of the ranch's close proximity to the city of Lubbock, the V-8 ranch still reflects the south plains' vibrant ranching history.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2017
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18590.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
 
Location. 33° 31.843′ N, 101° 43.654′ W. Marker is near Buffalo Springs, Texas, in Lubbock County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 835, 2.7 miles north of Highway 84, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lubbock TX 79404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ransom Canyon (approx. 2.6 miles away); Immanuel Lutheran Church

V-8 Ranch Marker and entrance gate to the V-8 Ranch image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, March 10, 2021
2. V-8 Ranch Marker and entrance gate to the V-8 Ranch
(approx. 3.6 miles away); Lubbock Cotton Club (approx. 4.6 miles away); Breedlove Airport (approx. 5 miles away); Bradford Knapp (approx. 5.2 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 5˝ miles away); City of Lubbock Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away); Buddy Holly Historical Marker (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
Sign pointing to the V-8 Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, March 10, 2021
3. Sign pointing to the V-8 Ranch Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2021, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 14, 2021, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 5, 2023