Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Kingsville: King Ranch


Captain Richard King (he earned his captain's title driving steamboats) created a legacy from the grasslands of Texas' Wild Horse Desert, the stretch of southern coastal plains between Kingsville, Raymondville, and parts west. His ranching dynasty, now 150 years in the making, remains one of the largest operating ranches in Texas at more than 800,000 acres. Today, Captain King—a consummate entrepreneur in his day—would be impressed with the industrious nature of modern King Ranch operatives. In addition to ranching, farming, publishing, hardware, and hunting, King Ranch efforts include nature stewardship and education. The King Ranch spearheads wildlife research, innovative ranch management techniques, habitat restoration, and conservation. Although still in private hands, the King encourages visitation through its touring program, taking visitors on guided tours of its heritage, including a visit to the museum and saddle shop, and offering nature tours of the ranch interior. See working wranglers and wildlife all in one afternoon!

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  • 2205 West Hwy 141
  • Kingsville, Texas
  • 78364-1090


Hours & Fees

  • see website for various tours

  • see website for pricing


The Texas Experience - Waylon Jennings Presents the King Ranch
Donor: Jim Ruddy
Sound | 1986
Film courtesy Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Produced by Jim Ruddy and presented by the Shell Companies Foundation and the Texas Committee for the Humanities, The Texas Experience presents the history of Texas through a series of one-minute clips. Each clip features a celebrity narrator briefly exploring a specific aspect of Texas history or culture, with topics ranging from early women settlers to Buddy Holly's short but influential career. In this episode, Country Music Hall of Famer, Waylon Jennings delivers an overview of the history and operations of the King Ranch.


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Read more about King Ranch in the Handbook of Texas Online.