Mill Creek Ranch Geo-

As you hike through Mill Creek Ranch, you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of our animals. The Murrah Buffalo, Texas Longhorn Cattle, Mule Deer and Western Gray Squirrel are just a few of the many species waiting for your visit. Our barnyard area is home to cows and other small farm animals where youngsters can learn about the intricacies of animal care. One of our newest additions is a colony of White-tailed Deer that have ‘escaped’ from their pen. The deer are highly social animals, and they have no problem telling you where they’ve been when you visit. It’s during the warmer months that you can catch glimpses of the wild Turkeys strolling across the property.
There are three short hiking trails around the homestead area where you can learn about our farming heritage, as well as see some of our buildings and animals. Our newest trail is dedicated to living history, and traces a route that Mill Creek folks would have used during their daily chores.

mill creek ranch at old cow town
mill creek ranch at old cow town

Graphic of Old Cow Towns

Early cow towns in the Texas Hill Country are a lost era of agriculture, small communities and family farms that depended on each other for all their needs. In the 1800’s, cowmen like William G. (Billy) Murrah developed these small communities allowing farmers to live near the towns and not have to travel long distances to market. Over time these towns no longer provided a living for the families, but they were happy places to live together as they were able to raise their cattle and enjoy each other’s company. We are pleased to bring this to life so that you may experience this way of life in Texas. Billy Murrah is the real person that started this town with his cattle and we honor him for his contribution back then.
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mill creek ranch at old cow town
mill creek ranch at old cow town

Old Cow Town’s Info with Prices and Directions

Mill Creek Ranch is a working ranch that is also open to the public. The ranch offers an opportunity to see Longhorn cattle, buffalo, mule deer and other farm animals. We will show you how to feed and care for the livestock and let you get as close as you want to take pictures. We offer pony rides for children, wagon rides, chicken and duck races and a variety of campfire programs throughout the year. Old Cow Town is included in the price of admission to Mill Creek Ranch, and so are campfires and wagon rides. The special programs are extra.
“The reservation for a private campground and meals at Mill Creek Ranch is recommended in the summer months, especially Friday and Saturday nights, because we have a capacity of only 15 campsites.”
Mill Creek Ranch is home to one of the oldest operating rodeos in the West. The Mill Creek Annual Rodeo takes place every July 4th weekend.
Buffalo Bill Cody was a friend and neighbor of Bob Edwards, who owned the ranch in the early 1900s. The ranch was later bought by C.F.Biersack, who added attractions such as the White Deer Lodge and a ghost town, Old Cowtown (also known as Old Cow Springs), which was built around 1900 and quickly became a popular spot for tourists.

mill creek ranch at old cow town
mill creek ranch at old cow town

Old Cow Town Photos & More Info on Old Cows & Their History

Old Cow Town is included in the price of admission to Mill Creek Ranch and so are campfires and wagon rides. The ranch is set in the middle of fifteen acres of private land, surrounded by beautiful open meadows where you can see elk and deer. You’ll also see numerous species of birds and a handful of wild horses. The unique pond has been home to various species of trout for over 100 years. The Newberry Springs museum is located just outside the main entrance to Old Cow Town. There is no charge to visit the museum or to see the “mill” from which this famous town gets its name, however campfires and wagon rides are extra and are not included in the admission price.
Michigan Historical Marker dedication/info: The Newberry Springs Museum was dedicated on May 10, 2001 in memory of Ted Sheehan, who spent his life preserving Michigan’s history through his works of art. The museum, which is located in the former post office downtown, holds many artifacts related to the Newberry Springs area. The Newberry Springs Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is operated by volunteers and the proceeds from admission are used for site renovations, research and preservation projects.

mill creek ranch at old cow town
mill creek ranch at old cow town

The Importance of Farming Area Keyword Research Before Launching Your Farm Project

Farming is a significant source of employment in Texas with the state ranking 5th in the nation for total agricultural income. Agriculture is also one of Texas’ leading industries, along with oil, tourism and high tech. The United States, as a whole, is the leading producer of cotton (20% of the world’s production), corn (40% of world’s production) and cattle (25% of world’s production). Texas agriculture produced $23 billion in exports during 2001 alone. Texas’ agricultural crops include corn, cotton, wheat, hogs, beef cattle and turkeys; but its vegetables such as lettuce and spinach are well known throughout the world. The state has many famous products: Howdy Doody shorts, Texas Pete hot sauce and margaritas.
Texas is the number one exporting state in the U.S. Agricultural exports make up more than half of a $95 billion economy, making it second only to petroleum products and chemicals in dollar value of exports. Texas is a large producer of grains, cotton, cattle, hogs and goats; a leading producer of rice; and a major contributor to the nation’s livestock industry. The state’s livestock industry includes 371,500 beef cattle farms with 100 or more head; 1/3 of all hogs and pigs in the U.S. and 2 million head of sheep.

mill creek ranch at old cow town
mill creek ranch at old cow town