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The Bonner Pasture
Location: The Bonner Pasture of the historic Cross N Ranch is located approximately 62 miles northwest of Ft. Worth, Texas, and a convenient one hour drive from Dallas, Texas. It is approximately 2.7 miles west of Era, Texas, with paved road frontage on Farm to Market Road 922 and County Road 398 (Leo Road).
Directions: From Ft. Worth, Texas, travel Interstate 35W north to the FM 922 exit in Valley View, Texas. Turn left (west) onto FM 922 and travel approximately 10.5 miles where the Bonner Pasture is located on the left hand or south side of FM 922.
From Dallas, Texas, travel Interstate 35E to the north and merge onto 35W in Denton, Texas. Proceed on Interstate 35W north to FM 922 in Valley View, Texas. Turn left (west) onto FM 922 and travel approximately 10.5 miles where the Bonner Pasture is located on the left hand or south side of FM 922.
Overview: The Flint Hills of Kansas seemingly meet North Texas on the Bonner Pasture! Rolling fertile native pastures laden with limestone live water creeks and tributaries foster a productive livestock production and recreational tract of land. The pasture is turnkey with working pens, pole barn, electricity, water well, and multiple water resources. Hunting and fishing opportunities abound! Combination ranch features are complimented with excellent access, large neighbors, and close proximity to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex area.
Improvements: Most barbed wire fences are in fair condition and will hold cattle, but need improvement. A heavy duty set of steel pipe working pens is located on the north side of the ranch complete with a loading chute, well-fed water trough, grain bin, and spacious pole barn measuring approximately 70 feet X 160 feet. A deep, electrically powered water well is located near the pole barn and pens. Electricity runs into the property and inside the property along the north boundary parallel to FM 922.
Trees, Grasses and Forbs: The pasture is home to excellent native grass species including Big and Little Bluestem, Purple Top, Indian Grass, and Sideoats Grama. Natural forbs indigenous to the pasture include Sharptooth Gayfeather, Cranesbill, and Goldenrod. Native tree species mixed across the pasture include Shumard Oak, Chinquapin Oak, Texas Oak and Sycamore with concentrations of Cedar Elm, Sugarberry, Bois d'arc, and River Amorpha along the creek downslopes and edges of the grasslands.
Topography: The terrain has rolling hills with scenic limestone creek and drainage embankments traversing the pasture. Elevation change is 70+/- feet. There are three scenic ridges forming primary drainage tributaries for both Flat Creek and Norfleet Hollow. Three ridgelines and associated hilltops offer excellent vistas, pinch points, and travel corridors. The riparian area along Flat Creek is extremely nice with mature elm, oak, and associated hardwood tree varieties. Density of cover is open to lightly wooded, but possesses great wildlife habitat and productive cattle country. This is a beautiful combination ranch!
Wildlife and Fisheries: Whitetail deer are commonly seen as well as an occasional Rio Grande Turkey. Dove, waterfowl, feral hogs and an occasional covey of Bobwhite quail make for excellent wildlife diversity on the Bonner Pasture. There are no hunting leases that effect the property.
The pond centrally located on the property is stocked with mature populations of baitfish and Largemouth Bass. Fishing can be quite good!
Livestock Production: This is a productive cattle ranch that is adequately watered and improved for production. Carrying capacity for the native pasture under current management is 50-60 head. Utilization of cell grazing and/or additions to pasture improvement may significantly increase carrying capacity for the pasture.
Water: Water resources are abundant within the Bonner Pasture. A deep working water well is located in the northeast quadrant of the ranch near the barn and working pens. In addition, an excellent stock tank is centrally located in the pasture approximately 1.5 surface acres in size. The pond is fed by significant water shed from three high ridge banks and possesses very clear water.
Flat Creek is a major limestone creek drainage that runs north/south through the northeast quadrant of the pasture. It serves as an excellent source of live water for livestock and wildlife. This is one of the primary water features on the property and is fed by multiple secondary tributaries traversing the property.
The north end of the Norfleet Hollow natural drainage adds great water balance to the southwest quadrant of the pasture providing secondary drainage channels together with nice runs and pockets of live water especially in the spring and fall months.
Brush Management: Aerial spraying was implemented and last performed in 2014 to control unwanted cactus, and nuisance weeds; thus, improving carrying capacity and aesthetics.
Fossils and Natural Artifacts: Abundant fossils and other artifacts can be found in and along Flat Creek and in other areas within the pasture. The creek has long been a significant source of water.
Minerals: A portion of Seller owned minerals is available through separate negotiation. There is no oil and/or gas production currently on the property. The property is not currently leased for oil and/or gas production.
Easements: There is one pipeline easement located on the eastern half of the property. The easement runs southwesterly, diagonally through the pasture.
Property Taxes: The property currently carries an Agricultural Exemption. Ask Broker for details.
Summary: Being an integral tract within the borders of the Cross N Ranch, this is a high quality pasture rich in Texas history. It is well configured and offers excellent opportunity for cattle production, hunting, fishing, and enjoying the great outdoors!
Contact: Casey Berley, Broker, 214-422-7253 mobile