Chimney Creek Ranch Est. 1876

Chimney Creek Ranch...

In 1981 Mary Frances Johnson Paup Driscoll wrote an essay to document the history of Chimney Creek Ranch. She wrote, "Chimney Creek was inhabited as early as Texas gained her statehood on December 29, 1845, by the Comanche Indians. We know little of life here until about 1858 when the Butterfield Stage Line made a stopping point at the Smith Station."

She also wrote, "When in the beginning, God created our universe, I have imagined him resting his seventh day in the middle of Chimney Creek Ranch."

There is a lonely beauty to this country, without being isolated or even remote. The old Butterfield Trail rides over a most legendary landscape – not with the majesty of mountains or the enticing depths of forest, but with a high sky and a rolling openness that inspires you to stretch out your mind and, who knows, expose your soul.  Maybe this is why so many of the old ranching families cling to the family acreage; it owns them, not vice versa.  And if you linger too long, or are a tad romantic to start with, you may find yourself perilously close to being owned, too.

Adapted from 900 Miles on the Butterfield Trail, by A.C. Greene (1994)


Historical Markers         

Bud Matthews Switch               

Smith Station                     

Learn More...