The Wichita Mountains are very old, and though low, are quite rugged, built mostly of red granite; the soil is accordingly acidic, unlike the surrounding plains, where the soil is quite limey. The refuge includes nearly 60,000 acres (around 24,000 hectares) of protected natural habitat. Almost all of the animals originally native to the area (only the large carnivorespanthers, bears, and wolves-- are gone) are found in the refuge, notably the American buffalo (Bison bison) and the American elk (Cervus canadensis); both of these species became extinct in the Wichita Mountains in the 19th century, and had to be reintroduced. There is also a small herd of Texas long horn cattle, which might also have become extinct if they had not been preserved here. The highest peak in the Wichita Mountains is Mount Scott, 2,464 feet (750 meters) above sea level. There is a road all the way to the top of mountain, and as we drove up, we stopped from time to time to look at trees. We saw var. , the Texas blackjack oak, and growing together and a little higher up we found and lots of that, to me, looked exactly like ; according to dendrological references, this tree grows only in the Ozarks in Northern Arkansas. At the same places we noticed , , and . From the top of Mount Scott we had a wonderful view over most of the south western part of Oklahoma.
Texas Longhorn Cattle | The Farm At Walnut Creek Ohio
Over the last few years Paul has also taken time to explore the American Art Market. During 2005 he and Linda made an epic trip across 31 of the American States promoting his art and music. During this journey they met up with Mike & April Johnson owners of Texas Art Depot in Palestine who were already selling some of his prints. At their initial meeting Paul asked if they knew anyone who kept "Texas Long Horn Cattle" as he wanted to photograph some for future paintings. It just so happened that one of Mike's friends within the oil business had a steer "Bevo" as a pet. He in turn said that he was drilling a well close to a ranch in Midway Texas that raised Texas Long Horns and he would arrange for them all to visit. The ranch owners Rex & Vicki Mosser were wonderful hosts; Paul & Mike were provided with an ATV each to tour the ranch whilst Linda travelled with Rex in his four seater along with food for the cattle. Both Paul & Mike took literally hundreds of photographs of some of the worlds champion long horn bulls, steers and cows. Following this introduction to Texas Mike and April asked if Paul would like to hold an exhibition with them the next time he visited.
Our Animals - Texas Longhorn Cattle
In those days, there was still a lot of wildlife that has since been substantially reduced in population. Alligators were common in most of the streams and rivers. Bears roamed freely as did wolves, wild cats, panthers, bison, the Texas long horn cattle, and many of the smaller critters known to Texans today.
Our Animals >Texas Longhorn Cattle
Longhorns were brought by the Spanish via Mexico into Texas in the sixteenth century. After the Civil War (1861-65) there was an explosive increase in their population. Cattle intended for slaughter were driven slowly along the wide 'cattle trails', often taking two years to reach market in the more densely populated north east. In the extremely hard winter of 1885/86, up to 85% of the animals died in many areas. After the subsequent extremely dry summer and an unusually severe blizzard in January 1887, holdings completely collapsed and the importance of this breed was practically destroyed. In 1964, the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America was formed. At that time there were less than 1,500 head of genuine Texas Longhorn cattle in existence. The Texas Longhorn is the living symbol of the Old West.If you are looking for Texas Longhorn cattle, you've come to the right place! We have cattle on this site from regions all over the country.