Matador Ranch

Matador Ranch (HM1Z6A)

Location: Matador, TX 79244 Motley County
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N 33° 59.89', W 100° 49.689'

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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
HM NumberHM1Z6A
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 331159 N 3763459
Decimal Degrees33.99816667, -100.82815000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 59.89', W 100° 49.689'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 59' 53.4" N, 100° 49' 41.34" W
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Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near TX-70, Matador TX 79244, US
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