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Circle Cross Ranch - Past Auctions
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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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