A Closer Look at the Texas High Plains and Panhandle
Anyone who’s lived in or visited the Texas High Plains region - from the northern edge of the Panhandle down through the South Plains area – can tell you that the spirit of the Old West is alive and well here.
It’s a part of the United States where the country’s original western culture (and especially that of Texas) is celebrated and preserved with museums and historical sites. Yet, much of what put the region on the map starting almost 150 years ago still defines it today.
Historical Snapshot: Ranching and Agriculture in the Texas Panhandle
According to the Texas State Historical Association, exploration of the Texas Panhandle by American-born settlers began in the 1820s. The ongoing strife and battles between Native American Tribes and U.S. military forces continued for decades, but came to a head in the 1860s-70s.
Enter Colorado farmer and rancher Charles Goodnight, who brought ranching to the Panhandle by forming JA Ranch in 1877, backed by a $30,000 investment from broker John G. Adair. Goodnight sparked a trend and others followed with the Quarter Circle T Ranch, XIT Ranch and many more. The
booming railroad industry provided a lift, but not all ranches survived.By 1917, row crop farming caught up and wheat and cotton joined beef as top commodities in the High Plains. As in other parts of the U.S., agriculture suffered with the Great Depression and Dust Bowl in the 1930s, but gas and oil production helped the economy and advancements in irrigation later revitalized agriculture.
Three Specialized Offices for Your Real Estate Needs
United Country Real Estate | M. Edwards Realty and Land has three offices including our main location in Sudan, Texas; another in Brownfield; and a third one in Turkey. As in decades past, ranching and farming remain big business in the High Plains and our specializations reflect that.
We help clients buy small hobby farms, large commercial ag operations, luxury ranches and other related properties. Some seek undeveloped tracts of land to build a hunting retreat, homesite or maybe a horse property. Other people are happy with a modest, rural home on half an acre.
And if you’re selling property — perhaps vast ranch land in Hall County with rolling hills, deep draws and access to Little Red River; a country house in Lamb County; or a cotton farm in Terry County … we’ll help you realize a return on that investment.
Explore Outdoor Adventures, Music and Culture in the High Plains
Though agriculture dominates the High Plains of Texas, there’s a lot more to do here than just work the land and tend to animals. Texas Tech University in Lubbock is a 35-minute drive from our Brownfield office, and right next to the National Ranching Heritage Center outdoor museum. Then head down the street to the Buddy Holly Center to learn about the 1950s rock icon.
If outdoor adventures are your passion, you’ll find plenty of outfitters offering world-class hunts for mule deer, whitetail, turkey, wild hogs and migratory birds throughout Northwest Texas (or go it solo if that’s your speed). And only minutes from our Turkey office in Quitaque is Caprock Canyons State Park — a great destination for hiking, biking, fishing and camping. Closer to Lamb County, you can watch sandhill cranes and waterfowl at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge.
As noted above, Lubbock is known as the late Buddy Holly’s hometown … but Turkey claims Western Swing music legend Bob Wills, and there’s both an annual day and local museum honoring him in the town.
There’s a lot to love about the Texas High Plains and Panhandle areas, and this includes some amazing homes, ranches, farmland, commercial properties and other real estate. Connect with United Country Real Estate | M. Edwards Realty and Land to discover the right property for you!
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