Historic Francis Ranch - Laramie County, Wyoming
Deeded Acres: 12827
Leased Acres: 70
Total Acres: 12897
Asking Price: $10,967,085
The Francis Ranch is a working cow-calf or yearling operation for sale in Wyoming.
- Located 11 miles west of Cheyenne, the State Capitol.
- 12,827 Acres Deeded
- Well-balanced ranch unit.
- Good hay meadows.
- Excellent stock water throughout entire ranch.
- First-rate cross-fencing of pastures.
- Good calving facilities.
The Francis Ranch is located 11 miles west of Interstate 25 on Happy Jack Road (Hwy 210) or 13 miles west of the state capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
This working cow-calf or yearling ranch for sale in Wyoming consists of one large contiguous block of deeded land that is approximately 9 miles wide from east to west and 4 ½ miles from north to south. There is excellent year-around access from the paved Happy Jack Road and the well-maintained, gravel County Road 109.
This ranch has the ideal locale as it’s only 15 minutes from the city of Cheyenne which provides access to any number of social amenities, businesses, a community college, as well as the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Cheyenne is a continually growing area that includes new homes, rural residences, subdivisions, ranchettes, and an ever-increasing business community.
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The Francis Ranch has been in the same family for a phenomenal 110 years. The land within the ranch has stood the test of time and weathered many variables which are evident in this outstanding well-managed natural resource and quality asset. It is one the finest ranches in southeastern Wyoming.
The ranch is cross-fenced into about 30 separate pastures/meadows. With this extensive cross-fencing, comes the maximum utilization of the land through livestock water development and for the rotation of grazing throughout this heavily sodded grass ranch.
The availability of stock water throughout the ranch is outstanding. Five small creeks flow through the property, several springs have been developed in some of the pastures and there are a number of exceptional wells that provide water to pipelines and strategically placed watering tanks. Additionally, there are numerous small ponds and reservoirs scattered across the 12,897 acres of land (20 sections). Detailed information about the ground and surface water rights is available upon request.
The elevation of the ranch ranges from 6353’- 6905’ above sea level and, according to the NRCS’s 30-year average, the precipitation for the area ranges from 14”-16” annually.
Irrigated Hay Meadows
There are approximately 400 acres of flood irrigated hay meadows. Approximately 500 tons of hay are harvested annually, however, this may vary significantly from year to year depending upon the snowpack in the mountains and the spring run-off.
Livestock Carrying Capacity
The ranch is rated at 400 animal units year-around, including cows, bulls, and horses. Supplemental feeding is necessary during the winter months. Approximately 1.5 tons of feed are required to winter a cow. The Francis family has utilized the ranch as a cow/calf and
The ranch would also make an excellent yearling operation and is rated at 1200 to 1300 yearlings for a 5-month grazing season. The heavily sodded grass that affords excellent weight gain, the cross-fencing and stock water availability as well as being in a very desirable location with easy access to markets are just some of the outstanding features that provide ideal conditions for this type of operation.
This is a very well-balanced ranch unit as it has thousands of acres of exceptional grassland pastures, good hay meadows, excellent stock water throughout the entire ranch, good calving facilities, and first-rate interior cross-fencing of pastures. It’s easy to manage because the ranch is in one large contiguous block of deeded land. The Francis Ranch is considered a low-overhead ranching operation and has proven to be one of the best ranches in southeastern Wyoming.
It would be very difficult today to assemble a ranch of this nature and size in this area of Wyoming. For generations, the Francis family have been and continue to be highly respected for their outstanding land stewardship and ranch management practices.
The Francis Ranch is a large contiguous block of deeded land that is approximately 9 miles from east to west and 4½ miles from north to south. There is excellent year-around access from the paved Happy Jack Road and the well-maintained, gravel County Road 109.
Ranch Buildings & Facilities Click To View
Just a short distance off the Happy Jack Road (Hwy 210), is a large calving barn and other livestock sheds, as well as corrals and pens, all of which are ideally located. Additionally, there are 2 (two) large sets of corrals/pens/loading chutes located in the central and northern areas of the ranch allowing for less trailing and easier working of livestock. In addition to these, there is a set of corrals and an old log cabin located along the banks of the North Fork of Crow Creek.
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The ranch features some beautiful rocky outcrops and first-rate hay meadows, although the majority of the land is rolling, heavily grass-covered hills. Ducks and geese tend to stop and take a swim in the many ponds and reservoirs as they migrate through and the hills are home to a large population of resident mule deer. In addition, antelope frequent the ranch and there are occasional sighting of small herds of elk, as well as an infrequent visit from a wayward moose.
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Cheyenne is located near the geographical and time center of North America. Strategically situated at a major transportation hub (the intersection of Interstates 25 and 80 and two major railroads). It is a developing center of commerce, only 90 minutes north of Denver, Colorado. Cheyenne, the capitol of Wyoming and the seat of Laramie County, sits as the northern anchor city of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, and is also the site of the F.E. Warren Air Force Base.
On July 4, 1867 the first tents were pitched on the site now known as Cheyenne. The first residents were men who moved west to work on the Union Pacific Railroad. Many of the settlers moved away when the railroad was complete, those who stayed joined others who came to form this new thriving western town.
There are 3 small communities and the city of Cheyenne in Laramie County which has a population of 96,343 and offers 3 heliports, 5 airports, 7 lakes, 60 reservoirs, 54 schools, 14 parks and 4 hospitals. Cheyenne now has a population of 62,677 and within it’s city limits it offers a great many amenities. There are numerous places for fine ethnic cuisine, museums, art galleries such as the Wyoming Arts Council Gallery featuring Wyoming Artists, the Civic Center that offers year-around entertainment and activities, the Cheyenne Symphony, and theaters for the performing arts such as the Cheyenne Little Theater and the Atlas Theater.
Cheyenne has 9 shopping areas, the Frontier Mall, Farmer’s Market throughout the summer, Oktoberfest, and the Grand Daddy of Them All—Cheyenne Frontier Days.
All kinds of sports are in or near the area for those who wish to participate in activities like tennis, baseball, softball, golf, soccer, rodeo, swimming, polo, water skiing, snowmobiling, snow skiing, hunting, fishing, boating, trap-shooting, or camping.
Offering Details Click To View
The Francis Ranch is being offered for $10,967,085.00
(ten million, nine hundred, sixty-seven thousand, eighty-five dollars) which is $855.00 per deeded acre.
The sellers shall require an all cash sale.
Mineral Rights The seller does own some mineral rights and shall convey to the purchaser/new owner 51% of all mineral rights presently owned. Subsequently leaving the present owner retaining 49% of the mineral rights presently owned.
Taxes The estimated real estate taxes for 2015 are $8337.00.
Please Note: The seller is retaining ownership of the old Francis Ranch Headquarters located southwest of Happy Jack Road (Hwy 210). The highway separates the headquarters buildings (residence, barn, shop, etc) from the main portion of the Francis Ranch that is being offered for sale.