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KB Carter Ranch | 14,698± acres | Oakwood, TX.....................................................................SOLD

Located just two hours from Dallas and Houston, the almost 15,000-acre property, which includes a private airstrip, oil and gas rights, a family retreat and approximately 14 miles  of Trinity River frontage, is currently owned and managed in trust for the benefit of Kay Carter Fortson and her family. Mrs. Fortson and her husband, Ben, serve as Chairman and Executive Vice President of the Kimbell Art Foundation, the governing body of the internationally renowned Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth. Mr. Fortson is also president and CEO of Fortson Oil Company in Fort Worth.

The KB "Kimbell's Best" Carter Ranch was founded by Kay Fortson's grandfather, B.B. Kimbell. After walking across the south from his home in Florida, B.B. Kimbell arrived in East Texas in the late 1800s, first selling fish he caught himself from a local lake. The ambitious and industrious young man eventually became one of the region's most successful and respected businessmen and merchants, earning the title of "cotton king." He also became the area's largest landowner and livestock dealer.

The ranch evolved along with the history of the nearby township of Oakwood in Leon County. Today, Leon County has one of the largest cattle populations of  any county  in Texas.  The KB Carter Ranch's cattle production is well regarded by industry standards, currently running about 3,500 head of cattle with a capacity for 10,000 stockers. It also integrates nearly 2,000 acres of crop farming.

"This is the first time this historic ranch has ever been offered to the market," said Icon Global Group's founder, Bernard Uechtritz. "I am really very, very proud to personally represent such a family and important Texas legacy. KB Carter Ranch is both a rare find and rare offering. There are few ranches of this size remaining in North Central Texas today, and even fewer still that have been so well protected, well managed and are so productive."

The legendary family ranch has long been a much-coveted private and recreational retreat for idyllic summer days of water skiing, hunting, fishing, bird watching and most importantly, a fly-in gathering place for family, clients and privileged friends-all the while running a sizable cattle business.

Today, the expansive property features first-class amenities, roads and infrastructure including on- site runway andhangar, tennis courts, seven large lakes, as well aspremium hunting and recreational capabilities. The vast terrain is teaming with wildlife, including waterfowl, fish, and even apair of nesting bald eagles.

The main "Club House" and additional lodgings are comfortable and spacious but not overbuilt. The ranch maintains a conservative decorum and approach in all aspects of its operations and existence, adhering to the true values of simple ranching and family life of its era.


Property Highlights: 

Approximately 9,600 acres of well managed improved coastal and native grass grazing and hay pastures, and incorporates pivot irrigated as well as dry-land farming capability of approximately 1,850 acres with the pivot covering 220 acres.


  • 3,500 animal breeding unit carrying capacity or 10,000 stockers

  • 7 pristine lakes, including more than a 100-acre recreational and water ski and recreational lake

  • 14 miles of Trinity River frontage

  • The original, remodeled family lodge clubhouse

  • Abundant Hunting and recreational opportunities over terrain teeming with wildlife, including a nesting pair of bald eagles and returning young eagles, waterfowl migration and other bird life.

  • 5,280’ newly resurfaced runway with large airplane hangar

  • Highly functional horse, cattle and ranch headquarter facilities including a 3,500 ft manager’s house, office, horse barn, workshop, roping pen, round pen and two employee home. 

  • The ranch sits just 2 hrs. South of DFW and north of Houston accessed off of Interstate 45 & Hwy 79 – it’s also easily accessible by an impressive 5280 ft. paved on site airstrip runway with large hangar.

  • Offered with 25% of undivided Mineral rights

  • Select ranch equipment, vehicles, and inventory sells with the property

  • Cattle sold separately

       Much, much more....

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