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Inside Mo-Ranch: An Enchanting History of a Gorgeous Texas Vacation Spot

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Mo-Ranch is an awe-inspiring place for a number of reasons. You might have read our story earlier in the summer about the ranch’s wide appeal. From camps and large groups to small family vacations, it offers abundant options for lodging and spending time in nature on one of the most stunning bodies of water in Texas. Fascinated by this hidden gem, we wanted to dig a little deeper, and we uncovered many fascinating details about Mo-Ranch and its rich history.

Inside Mo-Ranch: An Enchanting History of a Gorgeous Texas Vacation Spot

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While what is now formally known as Mo-Ranch can be dated back to the early 1900s, there is actually evidence of inhabitants on the land dating back at least 6,000 years. Based on archeological finds, it’s believed that the area served as a gathering place for cooking and fellowship among nomadic groups. This fellowship very much mirrors what takes place currently for visitors of Mo-Ranch. These early nomadic groups were later followed by Native American communities, including the Apache, Comanche, and Kiowa tribes.

Inside Mo-Ranch: An Enchanting History of a Gorgeous Texas Vacation Spot

Photo: Mo-Ranch

It seems this particular area, which includes the Edwards Plateau, created a safe and hospitable place for many different people over the years. Equally as fascinating is that these grounds were previously part of the ocean floor!

The land that became M0-Ranch changed hands among wealthy oilmen beginning in 1929 with Odie R. Seagraves. As many Texas oilers know, the market can be fickle, and Seagraves ultimately lost most of the land, save for his home and 20 acres, and later sold the ranch to fellow oilman Daniel J. Moran, the president of Conoco. With Moran as the new owner, the ranch now bore the name, “Mo-Ranch.” With the intent of creating a small village out of the 6,800-acre ranch, Moran constructed a number of the buildings that still stand strong today.

Inside Mo-Ranch: An Enchanting History of a Gorgeous Texas Vacation Spot
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