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Editors’ note: As we approach our fiftieth anniversary, in February 2023, we will, every week, highlight an important story from our past and offer some perspective on it. From Texas Monthly’s inception in 1973, founding editor Bill Broyles saw the magazine’s mission as examining the legends and realities of Texas. A critical part of the state’s mythos was the story of King Ranch, founded in 1853 by steamboat captain Richard King. With no knowledge of cattle, King miraculously grew his initial 15,500-acre purchase of “worthless” South Texas desert land into a colossal, 825,000-acre ranching empire that withstood generations of change.Even as Texas moved out of the frontier era and into the modern day, Broyles knew the public still maintained a deep fascination with the state’s cattle-driving, cowboy era.…

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