History Delivered

Sold - Dumbbell Ranch Steams Back into our Consciousness

Nov 1, 2023 | Hall and Hall
History Delivered

Earliest and Foundational Ranches of the Sandhills.

Mark Johnson

Originally encompassing 52,000 acres, the Dumbbell Ranch was divided into three sections in 1937: the Pitchfork, the 3 Circles, and the Dumbbell, as overseen by the real estate firm Hall and Hall, responsible for the sale. Combining native rolling hills, sub-irrigated meadows, excellent winter protection, and abundant water resources, the ranch offers a rare and well-rounded package for prospective buyers.

“The historic Dumbbell Ranch is multigenerational with a long-storied past. It is one of the earliest and foundational ranches of the Sandhills,” said Mark Johnson, a partner at Hall and Hall, who also ranches near Valentine, Nebraska.

“The ranch provides a very well-balanced combination of native rolling hills, sub-irrigated meadows, excellent winter protection and water. Ranches of this stature and quality rarely come to market.”

The successful sale of the Dumbbell Ranch highlights the allure of expansive land in Nebraska, particularly properties with access to valuable water resources like the Ogallala Aquifer. Such well-equipped ranches, boasting a balanced mix of features and exceptional quality, are seldom available in the market.

For Johnson, “Nebraska Sandhills are to ranching what Napa is to wine. The Sandhills are home to the top three cattle counties in the United States along with abundant water and open range, which have been a market driver for the Nebraska ranch market.”

Article Sources: Nebraska Ag Connection, 6/21/2023
Landwatch, Katie Dehlinger, 6/19/2023