History

So much to learn about the area

IMG_2842The history of this land is rich and varied.

Evidence of Native Americans cultures who once lived on the land still exist. There are several points along the river and springs where an explorer can observe clear evidence of their villages and impact on the land. There are artifacts of Osage, Shawnee, Piankashaw, Miami and Cherokee Indian peoples that have been found in the area.  The ranch is also the burial site of Thunder Wolf, believed to be a Piankashaw Medicine Man/Shaman, and other Indian burial cairns. Stone-age relics such as arrowheads, spear points and other implements have also been found.

Later European-American settlers left evidence of an old school and multiple old home sites where hand-dug wells and cisterns can still be seen as well as the old Dodson homesite, Fleshman farm and others. Farm life in the region flourished from 1875 until 1925 until radio and television lured the youth out of the area with the promises of higher education, better paying jobs and more exciting lives in cities nearby.

The property is home to abundant wildlife and fauna. Wildlife including white tail deer, wild turkey, bobcat, fox, squirrel, rabbit, skunk, beaver, raccoon, opossum, quail, dove, owl, hawk, falcon, bald eagle, coyote, duck, geese, mink, and sometimes timber wolf, Ozarks panther and black bear call this property their home.

Wild grape, blackberry, gooseberry, wild blueberries (huckleberries), wild strawberries, sassafras, mushrooms, dewberries, hickory nuts, walnuts, butternut, hazelnut, persimmon, witch hazel, elm, rhubarb, goldenrod, primrose, and a wide assortment of beautiful flowers as well as many edible and medicinal plants are naturally occurring throughout the property.