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The Mailbox Pasture
Location: The Mailbox and Foundation Pastures of the historic Cross N Ranch are 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 County Road 398 (Leo Road) and County Road 333.
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 11 miles to County Road 398 (Leo Road). Turn left onto Leo Road and the Mailbox Pasture begins on the left in approximately 1.2 miles
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 11 miles to County Road 398 (Leo Road). Turn left onto Leo Road and the Mailbox Pasture begins on the left in approximately 1.2 miles.
Overview: The Flint Hills of Kansas seemingly meet North Texas on the Mailbox and Foundation Pastures! Rolling topography reveals fertile native pastures laden with limestone live water creeks and tributaries fostering a productive livestock production and recreational tract of land. The property offers productive native pastures, water wells (producing and non-producing), and a scenic lake comprising 8.5+/- surface acres. 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 to moderate condition and are currently holding cattle. A heavy duty set of steel pipe working pens is located on the south side of the property complete with a loading chute, water trough, and grain bin. A producing, electrically powered water well is located near the center of the property. Two additional water wells are located on the property which are not currently producing. Electricity runs into the property and inside of the property from the east boundary.
Trees, Grasses and Forbs: The pastures possess 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 pastures. Elevation change is 100+/- feet. There are multiple scenic ridges forming primary drainage tributaries for both Flat Creek and Norfleet Hollow. Defined 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 Mailbox 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 pastures under current management is 75-100 head. Utilization of cell grazing and/or additions to pasture improvement may significantly increase carrying capacity for the pastures.
Water: Water resources are abundant within the Mailbox and Foundation Pastures. A deep working water well is located in the central quadrant of the ranch. In addition, a scenic lake is centrally located in the pasture approximately 8.5 surface acres in size. The lake 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 on the eastern boundary 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.
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 may be 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 central to the property. The easement runs southwesterly, diagonally through the pasture.
Property Taxes: The property currently carries an Agriculture Exemption. Ask Broker for details.
Deed Restrictions: No commercial or industrial wind energy/wind turbines or solar energy/solar panels. No towers or structures exceeding 30 feet in height.
Summary: Being an integral tract within the borders of the Cross N Ranch, this is a high quality ranch offering rich in Texas history. It is well configured and offers excellent opportunity for cattle production, hunting, fishing, and enjoying the great outdoors!
Casey Berley, ALC -Broker
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