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Near Matador in Motley County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Matador Ranch

 
 
Matador Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
1. Matador Ranch Marker
Inscription. The Matador Cattle Company began as an open range ranch in 1879 when Henry H. Campbell, A. M. Britton, and three others bought range rights in this area.

In 1882, the ranch was purchased by Scottish investors, who formed the Matador Land & Cattle Company, Ltd. The ranch utilized one and one half million acres of owned and leased range in Motley, Floyd, Dickens and Cottle counties. In 1902, the ranch acquired the 210,000 acre Alamocitas Ranch in Oldham County. Additional pastures were leased in the Dakotas, Montana and Canada. At its height the ranch owned 90,000 cattle and title to 879,000 acres of Texas land.

In 1913, the Quanah, Acme and Pacific Railroad was built through the ranch in Motley County and the town of Roaring Springs was established.

General managers of the ranch were Britton (1879-90), Murdo MacKenzie (1890-1911, 1923-37), John MacBain (1912-22), and John MacKenzie (1937-51). The general manager's office was located first in Fort Worth and later in Trinidad and Denver, Colorado. Corporate offices were maintained in Scotland from 1882 until the ranch's liquidation in 1951. The ranch headquarters was purchased by Koch Industries, Inc. and became The Matador Cattle Company.

Texas Sesquicentennial, 1836-1986

 
Erected
Matador Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
2. Matador Ranch Marker
1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3249.)
 
Location. 33° 59.89′ N, 100° 49.689′ W. Marker is near Matador, Texas, in Motley County. Marker is on State Highway 70 one mile south of U.S. 62, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in roadside park. Marker is in this post office area: Matador TX 79244, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Motley County (within shouting distance of this marker); Traweek House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bob's Oil Well (approx. one mile away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Motley County Jail (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Motley County Railroad (approx. 1.4 miles away); Whiteflat (approx. 8.3 miles away); Cottonwood Mott Line Camp (approx. 10.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Matador.
 
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Matador Ranch Marker <i>on the left</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
3. Matador Ranch Marker on the left
Motley County Marker is on pink granite ahead on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 117 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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