Chimney Creek Ranch Est. 1876

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."

Two historical markers have been erected on ranch property. The first is for Smith's Station and the second is for Bud Matthews Switch on the Texas Central Railway. In addition to these two markers Chimney Creek Ranch is also home to three other historical markers. Learn more...

Chimney Creek Ranch Publications

The History of Chimney Creek Ranch has been documented in several important publications. Click Here to Learn More....



The Butterfield Trail

Smith's Station on the Butterfield Overland Mail Route and excerpts from "The Butterfield Overland Mail" by Waterman L. Ormsby.

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