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The Owner’s Perspective: The Kettle Ranches

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The Historic Kettle Ranch:
It is our great honor to offer The Historic Kettle Ranch to the general market, for the first time since 1891. This magnificent 136-acre ranch features 1,800 feet of Dallas Creek frontage and over 117 arable acres. The expansive hay pastures, irrigated with shares from the Hosner-Rowell, John Kettle, and Dallas ditches, are still used to feed Ouray County beef— just as they did 132 years ago. Historic barns, loafing sheds, and out-buildings, built with hand-hewn timbers, adorn the ranch’s western portion. Here also lie two small lots, each with a historic home, that provide the rare opportunity to have a small acreage homesite within the conservatively partitioned valley zone.

On all sides, the ranch is flanked by the stunning views endemic to the Ridgway area – Miller Mesa and the San Juans to the south, the Cimarrons to the east, Log Hill to the north and the rolling meadows of Pleasant Valley to the west. From its central location, the ranch is only 5 minutes from downtown Ridgway, and 35 miles from Telluride (site of Butch Cassidy’s first bank robbery in 1889). The Historic Kettle Ranch boasts a big history, big views, and big opportunity – a true piece of Western Slope heritage.

The W.R. Homestead:
On January 22nd, 1920, the General Land Office issued Patent #729553 by the testimony and authority of President Woodrow Wilson. The recipient of said patent (deed) was William R. Kettle, the son of English immigrants John and Mary Kettle. The Kettle family had settled in Pleasant Valley (west of modern Ridgway) and established The Historic Kettle Ranch in 1891. Brothers William and Jess then went on to found two adjoining homesteads near the genesis of Dallas Creek’s East Fork, roughly six miles south of their family’s ranch.

Now, 103 years after the ink had dried on William’s patent, it is our honor to present the W.R. Homestead to the general market, for the first time. This beautiful property is bisected by a gentle ridge, which provides unobstructed views of Mount Sneffels, the Cimarrons, the West Elks, the Rugged Mountains, alongside the Grand Mesa and Miller Mesa. Because the homestead is only half a mile from the Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area (4.33 mi from the summit of Mount Sneffels), it provides one of the most commanding and spectacular vistas in all of Ouray County. Yet, despite its secluded locale, the W.R. Homestead has direct access to County Road 7 and is only a 25-minute drive from downtown Ridgway. Properties of this caliber rarely reach the open market, but when they do, it is a century-long wait!

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