Recently, in an interview for an episode of Ranchcast, I had the privilege to visit with Tiffany Dowell Lashmet where we discuss numerous topics one of which was land leases. Here are some valuable takeaways from that interview.
Whether you have hunters coming or you're leasing your land for cattle grazing, having a written lease agreement can protect the relationship, ensuring that all know what's going to expect in order to prevent conflict. Landowners can do many simple things to prevent accidents and disagreements. These things can be as basic as having liability insurance.
For example, graze leases can seem simple, however when you take into consideration the value of the land and of the livestock involved, it’s apparent how important it is to take strides to implement a proper lease in writing. No business should be doing a deal between two parties with that much capital on the table and not have something in writing.
By Linda Kirkpatrick
The time of the Texas Indian Wars would go down in history as a rugged and dangerous time. It took brave and determined people to come here and scratch out a life. On October 13, 1864 one of the most famous skirmishes between the Indians and the settlers occurred. This battle was the Elm Creek Raid of Young County, Texas. Many lives were lost and many lives were changed forever. It has been written that the John Wayne movie, “The Searchers” was written around this incident. Even though the movie was filmed in Monument Valley, the story line is set in Texas. With all the errors in filming and settings, the movie depicted the time and a story very similar to the real incident at Elm Creek.
Some film critics think that the novel “The Searchers” was inspired by the kidnapping of Cynthia Ann Parker. Cynthia Ann was only nine years old on the day of her capture. She spent over 25 years as a captive before she was retrieved, against her will, by Texas Rangers on the Pease River. However, the notes that were made in the writing of the “Searchers” indicate that the story leans more towards the story surrounding the Britt Johnson incident.