Bridlegate Ranch Bandera

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Bridlegate Ranch

Bridlegate Ranch Bandera Texas

Bridlegate Ranch offers “Top Shelf” amenities to land and home owners  in this Hill Country ranch estate community in Bandera, Texas!  There are several local custom home builders available to build your dream home while utilizing the beautiful natural surroundings like lime stone bluffs,  native oaks, grass lands, river fronts and the best Hill Country views on lots from 2 to 4+ acres situated on the Medina River, Texas.The developers of Bridlegate Ranch have brought all of the amenities you would expect in the city to the hill country—central water supply, underground utilities, paved roads, clubhouse, equestrian facilities, hiking & riding trails, soccer and baseball fields and other recreation facilities—while maintaining the Unbridled Spirit of the open range.  Whether you would like to see a Bridlegate owned lot or a re-sale lot in Bridlegate, I can help you.  Bridlegate is a gated community, so you need to schedule a showing.  To do so call Larry Wood at Bandera Texas Real Estate at (830) 460-0889.Medina River in Bridlegate

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History of the Buck Ranch, now Bridlegate

Bridlegate Ranch Party House

Buck Ranch Party House- top of a bluff overlooking the Medina River
It was settled in 1867 by former New Yorker, Judge Edward M. Ross, who had fought in Mexican war, then served in 1850’s at Camp Verde, army’s camel post near Bandera. Daughter Kate Ross, wife of Ebenezer Buck, of a prominent pioneer family, inherited the ranch in 1901. Offering fine foods and hospitality, the Bucks established this as Bandera’s first guest ranch in 1920, continuing it until their deaths in 1941. It became a recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1966.
Here is an excerpt from Texas Monthly: Dude ranches didn’t straggle into Texas until around 1920, when Bandera’s now-defunct Buck Ranch began welcoming paying guests for $10 a week. Ebenezer Buck and his wife, Katie, whipped up picnics and ran the place. Uncle Frank Buck led trail rides and, at night, would teach guests the cotton-eyed Joe and the schottische. “You can run more dudes to the acre in these hills than you can cattle,” one of the Bucks’ neighbors reportedly quipped. By 1947 at least 25 dude ranches dotted the state, many of them clustered around Bandera—a situation that hasn’t changed to this day.
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