Sam Nail Ranch

West Texas

A short walk from the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, just five minutes or so in, you'll find the ruins of the Sam Nail Ranch. Nail arrived in 1909 and raised cattle, sheep and goats here, leaving in 1946. The windmill still pumps for no one's benefit, and the ruins of the adobe house and the shed can feel vaguely haunted, especially at dusk.

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