Past Auction

Circle Cross Ranch

This auction was on Dec 2 Valentine, NE 11,747± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary


Circle Cross Ranch - Past Auctions

Absolute Auction

Seldom has a ranch of this quality been available to the public and perhaps never at absolute auction.

40,520± Acres with 12,020± Deeded Acres

The ranch controls approximately 7 miles of the Niobrara River on both sides! Includes 1,100 irrigated acres, 4 houses, Morton Cattle and equipment Buildings.

Auction Date: December 2, 2011 - 10:00 a.m. Central Time at the Cedar Canyon Steakhouse, Valentine, Nebraska

General Description

Driving through the ranch you’ll find open plains, rugged terrain and scenic trails following the river and through it’s many wooded areas. 

This is the ideal ranch for operating cattle, crop production, or for a country gentleman’s ranch and getaway. It is truly a special place for friends and family to come and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Nestled in the beautiful Sandhills region of Northwestern Nebraska, tucked against the Niobrara National Scenic River, lies the spectacular 40,520 ± Acre Circle Cross Ranch.

The Circle Cross Ranch is located about 20 minutes southwest of Valentine, Nebraska, and is serviced by Miller Field, a public airport with runways 3,700 and 4,700 feet in length.

Making up this property are rugged hills and gently rolling plains creating a place of solitude and scenic vistas, where deer and wild turkey roam freely, and the peaceful flowing river runs past your doorstep. The land use permits on the adjacent Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest add a recreational paradise wooded with eastern red cedar, scotch, jack and ponderosa pine.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

12,020 ± Deeded Acres 16,500 ± Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest Permit 3,400 ± Private and State Leases 8,600 ± Additional Private Lease may be available. 40,520 ± Total Acres

Tract 1: 6,880 ± deeded acres in addition to 1,350 ± acres of private lease, 1,280 ± State Lease, and 13,940 ± acres of Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest Permit.

Tract 2: 4,580 ± deeded acres in addition to 160 ± acres of private lease, 160 ± acres of Nebraska Game and Parks lease, 320 ± acres of State lease, and 2,560 ± acres of Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest Permit. 

Tract 3: 160 ± acres pivot irrigated land.

Tract 4: 400 ± acres pivot irrigated land.

Deeded Acres: 11,747±
State Leased Acres: 1,600±
Private Leased Acres: 1,800±
Other Leased Acres: 16,500±
Total Leased Acres: 19,900±
Total Acres: 31,647±

Additional Information

The Seller is currently scheduling an auction for the equipment and livestock. However, the buyer of the ranch will have an opportunity to purchase the livestock and equipment at the time of closing.

The Circle Cross brand will sell with the property. In the event the ranch sells as a whole to one buyer, that buyer will be given the Circle Cross Brand. If the ranch is sold to multiple buyers the Circle Cross brand will be sold at auction immediately following the sale of the real estate.

Lodging: Valentine’s Niobrara Lodge has agreed to a special auction rate for bidders coming from out of town. For room reservations contact Valentine’s Niobrara Lodge directly at 877-376-3003 and mention Hall and Hall Auctions.

Directions to the Auction: From Highway 20 and Highway 83 in Valentine, NE travel north to 1st street. The Cedar Canyon Steakhouse is located at 112 N. Main Street.

Directions to the Property: From Valentine, NE travel west on Highway 20 approximately 16 miles to German Settlement Road. Travel south approximately 8 miles to the property. From Kilgore, NE travel south approximately 5.5 miles to the north side of the property. Watch for auction signs.


Main House- 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a half bath, 2 car garage, an office area and an open and spacious family room and kitchen.

3 Ranch Employee and Staff Homes- One of the homes is a manufactured double wide with an exceptional hilltop view. A second frame home and Morton garage is located near the machine shop, fire truck garage, calving sheds and pens. The third home sits uphill from the machinery shed overlooking a grove of trees and the flowing river. 

4 Additional Homes- One getaway cabin is perched on an overlook offering a spectacular view of the river. The other three guest houses are clustered together in another area of the ranch, and are a gambrel barn style design, perfect for visiting families or friends.

Making the operation of the ranch more efficient are top quality facilities and buildings by Morton. These include a machinery shed for storing farm equipment, two large calving sheds and holding pen, a fire truck garage, and a very large machine shop for working on all kinds of farm equipment.

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General Operations

“The property is income producing with plentiful grazing for cattle from it’s vast grasslands and prairies. Hay, corn and other crop production is generated from the pivots and native meadows that are part of this property.”

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AUCTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS PROCEDURE: The property will be offered in 4 individual parcels, any combination or as a total unit. The property will be sold in the manner resulting in the highest total sale price. DOWN PAYMENT: A 10% down payment of the total contract purchase price will be due immediately after being declared the buyer. The down payment may be paid in the form of personal check, business check, or cashier’s check made to Hall and Hall Partners, LLP Real Estate Trust Account. The balance of the contract purchase price is due in cash at closing. ACCEPTANCE OF BID PRICES: All successful bidders will sign a sale contract at the auction site immediately following the close of bidding. The property will be sold to the high bidder(s). There will be no financing contingencies. BROKER PARTICIPATION: A commission will be paid to any properly licensed Broker who registers a successful buyer according to the broker participation guidelines. Broker registration forms are available from Hall and Hall. Forms must be completed and returned no later than Thursday, December 1st at 5pm. CLOSING: At Seller’s discretion, closing date shall be on or before January 5, 2012. Possession of the property will be given on or before March 1st, 2012. The seller may wish to complete a 1031 tax exchange. TITLE: Seller shall furnish the buyer(s), at Seller’s expense, an updated title commitment for the property and agrees to provide and execute a warranty deed conveying merchantable title to the real estate to the buyer(s). REAL ESTATE TAXES: The 2011 calendar year taxes shall be paid by the Seller. Buyer will be responsible for all subsequent taxes. RANCH LEASES: The property will be sold subject to terms of existing leases. Lease terms are available for review. LIVESTOCK AND EQUIPMENT: Auction of the livestock, machinery and equipment is being scheduled to take place at a later date following the ranch auction. If the successful bidder on the ranch wishes to purchase the ranch turn-key that option will be offered to him immediately following the ranch auction. MINERAL RIGHTS: The sale of the property shall include any mineral rights owned by seller. AGENCY: Hall and Hall Partners, LLP and its representatives are Exclusive Agents of the Seller. DISCLAIMER AND ABSENCE OF WARRANTIES: All information contained in this brochure and all related materials are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the sale contract. Announcements made by the auctioneer at the auction podium during the time of the sale will take precedence over any previously printed material or any other oral statements made. The property is being sold on an “AS IS, WHERE IS” basis, and no warranty or representation, either express or implied, concerning the property is made by the Seller or the auction company. Each potential bidder is responsible for conducting his or her own independent inspections, investigations, inquiries, and due diligence concerning the property. The information contained in this brochure is believed to be accurate but is subject to verification by all parties relying on it. No liability for its accuracy, errors or omissions is assumed by the Seller or the auction company. All sketches and dimensions in this brochure are approximate. All acreages are approximate and have been estimated based on legal descriptions or aerial photographs. Conduct at the auction and increments of bidding are at the direction and discretion of the auctioneer. The Seller and Auction Company reserve the right to preclude any person from bidding if there is any question as to the person’s credentials, fitness, etc. All decisions of the auctioneer are final. SELLERS: Circle Cross Ranch – Jack Bond - See more at:

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