Cowboys on horseback ride through a small creek.

Courtesy Amon Carter Museum of American Art

The iconic Turkey Track Ranch located just north of Amarillo recently went up for sale. The ranch was established in 1878 when Richard E. McNalty arrived in the Texas Panhandle from Colorado with a herd of cattle bearing a brand he called Turkey Track. The land was also the site of the First Battle of Adobe Walls in 1864 and the Second Battle of Adobe Walls in 1874.

For the low, low price of $200 million, you can purchase 80,000 acres of pure Texas to gallivant around on. This photo, taken on the Turkey Track Ranch by noted cowboy photographer Erwin E. Smith in 1906, shows cowboys crossing the Wichita River. Observing the image, it occurs to me I could use a little bit of gallivanting. But $200 million? Let’s see … where’s my checkbook?

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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