The Ranch House was originally a house that has been expanded over the years. It is or is near the one-room house that cousin Alley Means lived in. He was the relative that shot the sheriff of San Patricio County during the turbulent times of the 1870's after the sheriff had killed his father, Colonel William Means. Alley was sentenced to prison, but then the Governor of Texas pardoned him because he said the sheriff needed killing. It probably helped that Alley’s father had served in Sam Houston's army at the Battle of San Jacinto. He later served as a congressman for the Republic of Texas with President Sam Houston and then later with President Anson Jones when the congress voted to be annexed by the United States.
The Governor advised Alley Means not to return to his home in San Patricio, so Means and his brother moved to Leakey to raise cattle with their cousin, Texas Ranger R.P. Orrell. At that time Leakey was not only difficult to locate, but trail and road conditions were also a challenge. Located in a valley of the Texas hill country, it was home to a number of folks who did not want to be found. He and his brother are buried in the Orrell family plot at the Leakey cemetery.
The Ranch House is fully restored with 3 bedrooms plus a large sleeping room, 3 full baths, large living area with a new kitchen, dining, and den, and is located on the Cooper Maxwell Ranch with outstanding views of the hills and the valley. Enjoy hiking or biking, or fishing, swimming and tubing in the Frio River. From the yard or deck watch Native and Axis Deer, countless bird species, and other wild life. Imagine the cattle drives that took place here in the 1800's. The cattle were driven north on the "Western Trail" that paralleled the Chisholm Trail that ran through San Antonio about 100 miles to the east. The Chisholm Trail ended in Kansas and the Western Trail continued into Nebraska, Wyoming, and to the Yellow Stone River Valley in Montana. Comfortably sleeps 8.