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Kimbell Art Museum founding family lists almost 15,000-acre KB Carter Ranch

Icon Global Group on Sept. 6 announced the listing of the KB Carter Ranch in Oakwood, Texas.

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. Fortson and her husband, Ben, serve as chairman and executive vice president of the Kimbell Art Foundation, the governing body of the Kimbell Art Museum. Fortson is also president and CEO of Fortson Oil Company in Fort Worth.

Located just two hours from Dallas and Houston, 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. He 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 a 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.”

Today, the property features first-class amenities, roads and infrastructure including on-site runway and hangar, tennis courts, seven large lakes, as well as premium hunting and recreational capabilities. The ranch includes plenty of wildlife, including waterfowl, fish, and even a pair of nesting bald eagles.

Other features of the property:

• 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 teaming 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 foot 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 a 5280 foot paved on site airstrip runway with large hangar.

• Offered with 25 percent of undivided mineral rights

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

• Cattle sold separately

Bernard Uechtritz, and his Icon Global Group (www.icon.global) are specialists in the marketing and sale of unique ranches and one-of-a-kind properties of all types. They are the leading Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s and Sotheby’s International Realty Ranch Sales Team worldwide.

In 2016, Uechtritz led the record-breaking worldwide marketing and sales campaign of the largest sale in US ranching history – the W.T. Waggoner Ranch. The $725 million listing was also the highest sale ever recorded in the history of Sotheby’s International Realty globally.

With a career spanning 30 years, Uechtritz sells exclusive, unique and often difficult real estate. He is known as the “go-to, can-do” fixer of formidable deals.


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