Where the Blacktop Ends.......
We are located in west central Oklahoma, approximately 100 miles northwest of
Oklahoma City, in Dewey County.
To the east of our 400 acre ranch is the South Canadian River, and
to the west there are still open ranges where the cattle may still cross the road from time to time (no rush hour here,
unless it's time to go to the pond to get a drink!). Dewey County is home to approximately 4,000 people, and over 65,000
head of cattle and 700 sheep (as you can see, we live in Cattle Country!)
Dewey County, as with all of western Oklahoma, has a heritage rich in western tradition.
Cowboys still ride the trails (and you can still occasionally see a horse tied up outside the farm store or cafe),
and tales of the Indians of yesteryear who lived in this area are quite entertaining. Near here are creeks named
after Chief One Horse and Chief Yellow Bull, and one of our places was well known as a popular Indian winter camp. We still
turn up arrowheads from time to time, and it's easy to see why the area was one of their favorite camps, as the terrain and
trees provided a natural shelter from the weather and from enemies.
Oklahoma is known for the color of the soil, which is a rich red in most areas.
This is very striking in the springtime when the skies are blue, the clouds are white, the wheat and grass are green,
and the soil is red.
Many folks are not familiar with the landscape of western Oklahoma. Our particular
area is made up of rolling hills and deep canyons with a wide variety of trees including cedar, oak and redbuds. Our
home place has an awesome view overlooking the river area, where you can see for several miles. Crossing our home place
is Flanders Creek, a favorite for the dogs to 'horse around' in. The old Parallel schoolhouse sits on on of our other places,
right next to Fiddlers Creek. We also have access to the South Canadian River from one of our pastures, and the often dry,
wide, sandy riverbed is a great place to go four-wheeling or ride horses. Wildlife is abundant, and the hunting is awesome.
Major commodities here include winter wheat and cattle. Wheat is planted in
the fall and once established, can be grazed through mid-March without harm to the yield. Our winters are fairly mild, the
spring can bring winds (remember -- 'where the wind comes sweeping through the plains'?!), and the summers can be hot
with temps in the triple digits, though the humidity here in the western half of the state is usually fairly low.
Give us a call or send us an e-mail and set up a time to "come bye"
for a visit. This is a working ranch, and we aren't always at the house, so let us set up a time for you to come out!
We guarantee you'll love our remote location!
Kent and Lori Herbel
Putnam, Oklahoma 73659
Mark and Lacey Syzemore
Putnam, Oklahoma 73659