Buffalo Gap holds a special place in Texas history. Bison herds used this natural pass through the Callahan Divide, an east-west mountain range. Then the gap became a key section of the Great Western Cattle Trail, running parallel to the Chisholm Trail. Cattle were driven in the post-Civil War era along the Great Western Trail from Bandera, west of San Antonio, through Buffalo Gap to Abilene and Dodge City, Kansas.
Today, the Buffalo Gap Historic Village celebrates that unique Texas history with a large museum, centered on the 1879 Old Taylor County courthouse and jail. Restaurants, including the renowned Perini Ranch Steakhouse, and craft shops cater to tourists.
Nearby are two adjoining ranches that offer the opportunity to live the Texas dream. The 1,233-acre historic Hedrick Cliff Spring Ranch is just east of Buffalo Gap and 15 miles south of Abilene. The adjacent 167-acre Russell Ranch has native grasses and an abundance of wildlife for hunting.
The Hedrick Ranch features an historic three-bedroom, two-story house, built in 1893 with 18-inch stone quarried from the area. The classic ranch home has two woodburning fireplaces and a large enclosed porch across the back. Hardwood trees surround the home. With breathtaking views from tall cliffs, the Hedrick Ranch has improved pastures and wet weather creeks. On the ranch's rolling topography are native grasses, wooded areas and five stock ponds. This well-maintained ranch has good roads and fences, and there has been little grazing. The Hedrick Ranch is listed by Dax Pass for $2,712,600.
The eastern portion of the Russell Ranch has higher land with mixed hardwoods, creating an opportunity for excellent home sites that overlook Buffalo Gap. The rest of the ranch has native grasses, wooded areas and range land. Dax Pass is also offering the Russell Ranch, which is listed for $467,600.
The mineral rights are available on both ranches.
President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information, see ranch.briggsfreeman.com.