centuries before the first voyage of Columbus, Tamique and Jaraname
Indians cultivated and hunted the lands between the Guadalupe and
San Antonio Rivers. The ground on which Rancho Los Senderos is situated
has flowing creeks, which were undoubtedly farmed and hunted by
the surrounding Indians.
the Spaniards arrived in 1721, the use of the land changed to that
of livestock grazing. Most historians claim that the lands between
Rancho, Tejas (now called Nixon, TX) and Mission Espiritu Santo
are considered to be the birthplace of ranching, the Longhorn and
the Vaquero/Cowboy culture. Many of the images, icons and vinacular
of today's western lifestyle like rodeos, roundups, espuela (spur),
la reata and the Texas longhorn were either created or made into
legend in these lands.
the borders of Rancho Los Senderos are three cemeteries and the
ruins of an old schoolhouse and other dwellings of a small ranching
community called Elm City, Texas. The famous gunfighter John Wesley
Hardin once lived and hid out in the small isolated community. The
town is all but gone now but its graves are permanent reminders
of ranching life in the 1800 and 1900's.
the most fascinating chapter in Rancho Los Senderos history is that
of its ownership. In 1836 soon after the Texas Revolution the newly
formed Republic of Texas and its General Land Office granted one
league and one labor of land to J.W. Fannin's wife Minerva Fannin
and his surviving children as compensation and recognition for their
bravery, loyalty and importance he demonstrated in the struggle
for Texas freedom. Rancho Los Senderos is part of this original
land grant. Since then the ranch has passed through several notable
Texans like Thomas Jones and most recently a prominent resident
of Nixon, Texas -- Donald R. Finch and others. Under Mr. Finch's ownership
part of the ranch was named Elm Creek Ranch after one of the two creeks
that flow through the property. The other part of the ranch was named Broken Oak Ranch.
the ranch has been renamed Rancho Los Senderos in honor of the Spanish,
Mexican and Texas men and women who have left us with the legacy
of ranching and cowboy culture.
invite you to experience our past and the people who made it. If
you have the opportunity to explore Rancho Los Senderos you will
undoubtedly sense and feel the rugged land and legend that made
the original cowboy.