Thursday, March 24, 2011
After walking the 10K in Laredo we headed to Corpus Christi. On the way, we detoured to visit the Kings Ranch. We got there at 1:30pm and the last tour bus was leaving at 2pm. We got our tickets and went to wait in a small room where they had a slide show presentation about the ranch's history playing. We leared the Capt. King was a steamboat captain. He called the ranch Santa Gertrudis Ranch because that is the creek that ran thru the property. Capt. King died young (60s) of Cancer. His widow ran the ranch for the next 20 years. Mrs. King hated rattlesnakes and paid for the rattles that were brought in. They claim there is a silo filled with 200,000 rattlesnake tails! Robert Kleberg married Alice King in 1886. Together he and the Henrietta King (the Captain's widow) ran the ranch. Descendants of Robert and Alice Kleberg are reponsible for the ranch's success in creating a new bread of cattle - The Santa Gertrudis breed which is half Brahma and half Herfo rd. They are also responsible for the horse breeding that led to a horse named Assault. Assault is the only Texas bred horse to ever win the Triple Crown.
Anyway after the slide show we got on the bus and drove around the property. The bus driver stopped at several places, but when we got to the main ranch house he told us he couldn't stop. If we wanted to take pictures we had to do it as he drove past.
It was a nice tour. This is a live peacock on the front porch of the Ranch House.
These are some Sand Hill Cranes that stoppped here during their spring Migration.