On Christmas Day of 1876, Judge J.A. Matthews and Sallie Reynolds Matthews were united in marriage, sparking a ranching heritage of honor, preservation and improvement that continues to this day.
Ranching business in the 1800’s was very different from what it is today. On the outer edge of the Texas frontier, there were no fences on Lambshead, most land was open range and buffalo roamed the area by the thousands.
Over the course of 60 years following their marriage, Otherpapa and Othermama, which is how they are known by their descendants, managed to thrive in this wild frontier, have 9 children and accumulate over 50,000 acres of ranchland that continues to remain owned and operated by their descendants.
Although life has greatly changed since the settling years of the ranch, determined preservation has helped Lambshead remain as close now to what it was in 1876. Despite electricity, fencing, automobiles and telephones, Lambshead is as beautiful and interesting as ever, the sounds of nature as audible and the sky, both day and night as big as it was when our great grandparents settled this land.
You can find links available to books on the history and legacy of Lambshead Ranch.