A hilltop in the meditative beauty and heritage of Bosque County, with its water sources the Bosque and Brazos Rivers and two lakes, Meridian and Whitney, below is the setting for the new Southern Draw Ranch.
Early Spanish explorers gave it the name “Bosque” (pronounced boss-kee), meaning “wooded.” The first settlers arrived in 1849, a few years after Texas attained statehood. The first permanent settlers arrived to a territory still roamed by Native Americans. By 1854, the number of pioneers living in Bosque Territory had increased, and Bosque County was created. Meridian was named the County seat.
More families were lured by fertile, inexpensive land, mostly Anglo-Americans moving west with the frontier, and Norwegian and German immigrants. The pioneer farmers and ranchers were hard-working, ambitious, and creative, building homes, churches and schools, mills for their wheat, gins for their cotton, and produced a thriving livestock business. Strong communities sprang up, and towns flourished through the turn of the century.
The design of this family retreat will be modern in its forms, but reminiscent of many historical Hill Country ranches with stone and timber frame construction, large porches and patios, and views for miles from the precipice on which it sits.