Coleman County was founded in 1858. Not long after, the route for the Western Cattle Trail began near San Antonio, TX and ended in Ogallala, Nebraska. At Coleman City, herds often trailed right through town, traveling along Colorado Street. North of Coleman, herds forded Jim Ned Creek before continuing north.
It was on a cattle drive in the Spring of 1884 that an ambitious cowhand by the name of J.P. Morris accompanied several thousand steers. Morris always kept his eyes open for good grazing land and he wanted a well-watered place with strong soil that could grow grass in abundance.
While waiting a couple days for the flood waters of Jim Ned Creek to recede, Morris set out on his horse to explore the area. On one of these trips, he first laid eyes on the lush grass and broad valley that would someday become his home. At the confluence of Indian and Jim Ned Creeks, his search for the perfect ranch that he so patiently waited, came to an end. The land had everything that he wanted in a ranch: broad, well-watered creek valleys filled with lush grasses, which would support year-round cattle grazing.
Over the next 53 years until Morris’s death in 1937, he compiled over 70,000 acres of land known as the Rafter 3 Ranch—prior to dividing it between his children.
To this day, Morris’ descendants still own portions of the original property. Echo Valley Ranch is one of those parcels. Priced at only $2595/acre it is waiting for the next discriminating owner to step in and carry the rich history forward into a new era.
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