The Wagstaff Ranch, known as a legacy Flint Hills ranch less than two hours from Kansas City, is now being offered for sale after being owned by the same family since 1960. Comprised of 4,053± rolling acres of nature’s most prolific native tallgrasses, with hardwood trees in deep draws, some of which have large spring-fed lakes and ponds. The ranch is accented by a beautiful custom-built family entertainment home with a pool. This ranch is in the eastern flank of what is left of this continent’s tallgrass prairie. Numerous springs and seasonal creeks, including the South Branch of Mill Creek, meander across and through the ranch. The Wagstaff Ranch is set up and operated as an ongoing cattle ranch yet offers the ultimate in country living less than two hours from one the best cities in the heartland.
The Wagstaff Ranch is a reputation cattle and horse ranch divided into over 12 pastures and traps. The exterior and interior fencing is generally in good condition. There are numerous springs in the deep draws that help supply the over 20 ponds scattered around the ranch for livestock water. The large hardwood trees in these draws provide excellent shade for the livestock in the summer heat. Near the entrance to the ranch on Chalk Road, there is an excellent set of working and shipping pens that are easily accessible for cattle trucks and very accessible for gathering the livestock in a central location.
The ranch has been leased out for grazing for many years with the typical leases being a combination of cow/calf grazing on the eastern part of the ranch and stocker cattle grazing on the western part of the ranch. The tenants have intended to burn different areas of the ranch each spring to promote good grasses and restrict the growth of woody species that are not desirable for the good condition of the land.
Nestled down in a tree-shrouded valley on the south branch of Mill Creek sits a welcoming family entertainment home that provides unrivaled comfort and amenities.
The Wagstaff Ranch is an outstanding cattle ranch that represents a rare opportunity to own a true legacy ranch in the Kansas Flint Hills. With its close proximity to Kansas City, this well-known ranch offers a truly unique lifestyle that comes with the ultimate in privacy and safety for the family that makes this once in a lifetime purchase. It will consistently produce livestock grazing income because of the natural productivity of the land. Imagine the memories to be made exploring the various recreational features like fishing or boating on the 16-acre lake or teaching your kids how to hunt “the big one”. The gorgeous, well-appointed family compound will provide your friends and loved ones with all of the amenities they desire in a beautiful and secure setting.
The ranch is located approximately 45 miles southwest of Topeka, Kansas. Direct highway access to the ranch takes one through the historic town of Alma, which is about 12 miles north of the ranch. Alma is also referred to as the “city of native stone” due to the fact that many of the structures in this town were built using locally sourced native limestone rock. Alma is the county seat of Wabaunsee County and is part of Scenic Mill Creek Drive and Native Stone Scenic Drive, both of which offer beautiful views of the rolling Flint Hills.
Wabaunsee County starts about 30 miles west of Topeka. The county is comprised of approximately 800 square miles and an overall population of nearly 7,000. There are nine incorporated cities along with several unincorporated communities and one ghost town. The county is named for the Potawatomie Chief Wabonsee.
It has been estimated that only 4 percent of the original 140 million acres of native tallgrass prairie remains unbroken, and the bulk of that is in the Kansas Flint Hills. This area is naturally protected from the plow because of the rocky soil in these rolling hills that consist of limestone, shale and flint rock. This limestone underlying the soil allows the tallgrass roots to follow water down 12 feet or more below the surface. It has been proven that cattle will easily gain weight on these rich native grasses, thereby cattle ranching is the main driver of the local economy.
The breathtaking beauty of the rolling Flint Hills is second to none. The native prairies speckled with so many varieties of wildflowers along with spring-fed creeks in the deep draws full of hardwood trees are a sight to see. Less than five miles to the east of the ranch is Lake Wabaunsee, an outstanding 235-acre recreational lake and community area.
The average high temperature in January is 40 degrees and the average high temperature in July is 91 degrees. Average annual precipitation is 36 inches. The ranch averages around 186 frost-free days yearly.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
- Native grass: 3,973± acres
- Improved grass (meadows): 80± acres
- Total Acres: 4,053± acres
Elevation on the ranch ranges from 1,240 feet to 1,540 feet.
The owner’s home, built in 1965, is comprised of over 5,818 square feet. This stone house is designed to be a very comfortable family entertainment compound that includes a beautiful pool added in 2000. The kitchen was enlarged and remodeled in 2007. There are five bedrooms and six full bathrooms, a large great room with a dining area and living area, and an appealing breezeway with an outdoor kitchen that leads to an over-sized patio area for outdoor gatherings. There is a 600 square foot stone guest house that was tastefully renovated in 2000, has one bedroom, a small kitchen, bathroom, and a living area.
There is a nice wood barn near the house with several pens for cattle and horses. The barn has equipment storage, tack room, and horse stalls. There is a second small stone barn that is currently not being used.
All water consumed by the livestock on this ranch is derived from fresh springs which dot the ranch from one end to the other. Spring water is captured directly south of the headquarters and then pumped to both houses and the horse barn.
Seller believes all mineral rights are intact and are included in the listing price.
Property taxes are approximately $24,347.34 based upon past years.
The deep draws all through the ranch, with seasonal springs running through the stands of hardwood trees, make this ranch a great hunting property. Additionally, since the family purchased this ranch in 1960, they have not ever allowed commercial hunting. The ranch is located in Unit 14, which is well-known for trophy whitetail bucks. In addition, the area is home to wild turkey, quail, prairie chickens, coyote, and numerous other native wildlife.
With the numerous spring-fed lakes and ponds, some of which are stocked with walleye, the fishing on the Wagstaff is amazing. Saddle up and go horseback riding to your favorite picnic spot, or take a UTV across the ranch to spot the numerous bird species that populate this area. Or take a lazy afternoon and paddle around on your 16-acre lake located northeast of the headquarters.
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