Lambshead Ranch, Matthews Land and Cattle Company
About this Partner
Lambshead, one of Texas' most historic cattle ranches, is still owned and operated by the direct descendants of Judge J.A. and Sallie Reynolds Matthews, the author of the chronicle, Interwoven. The Reynolds and Matthews were pioneer ranchers and trail drivers who arrived in East Texas in the 1850's and at the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, in 1866. Buildings still in use on Lambshead date to 1855.
Printed documentation of the ranch and family history includes Interwoven and other books written about Lambshead and about Watt Matthews, the cattleman, conservationist and generous host who ran the ranch until his death in 1997. Artifacts from Lambshead's collection have been loaned or donated to the Old Jail Art Center (Albany, Texas), The National Ranching Heritage Center (Texas Tech University), and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame (Oklahoma City).
The photographs document ranching history, ranching practices and changes in the land. Through the Portal to Texas History, the photos are available for online appreciation and research, thereby continuing the Matthews' family legacy of hospitality: sharing the ranch, its history and its material culture with historians, writers and artists.