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Texas philanthropist’s legendary 6666 Ranch, of recent Yellowstone fame, is sold

Texas philanthropist’s 6666 Ranch, of recent Yellowstone fame, is sold

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 The legendary 6666 Ranch was on the market for $341 million.  Photo courtesy of Chas. S. Middleton and Son
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The property includes a 48,750-square-foot horse arena and several barns and stables. Photo courtesy of Chas. S. Middleton and Son
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Guthrie, Texas, is the home of 6666 Ranch. Photo courtesy of Chas. S. Middleton and Son
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The 13,280-square-foot main house has 13 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms. Photo courtesy of Chas. S. Middleton and Son
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Owner Anne Marion died in February, and her will dictated all of her ranching operations would be sold. Photo courtesy of Chas. S. Middleton and Son
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From the main house, watch the sun set over 142,000 acres. Photo courtesy of Chas. S. Middleton and Son
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Guests of the 6666 Ranch have included U.S. presidents. Photo courtesy of Chas. S. Middleton and Son
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Fly in using the private landing strip and airport hangar. Photo courtesy of Chas. S. Middleton and Son
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The 6666 has operated as a cattle ranch since its founding in 1870. Photo courtesy of Chas. S. Middleton and Son
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The long-rumored sale of the 6666 Ranch — previously owned by Fort Worth rancher, horse aficionado, art collector, arts patron, and philanthropist Anne Marion — is now confirmed.

Don Bell, owner-broker of Weatherford-based Brazos River Land Co., an affiliate of United Country Real Estate, verified March 15 that the massive Texas Panhandle ranch has a new, but unidentified, owner. The sale price wasn’t disclosed.

Reports surfaced earlier this year that Taylor Sheridan, co-creator of the hit TV show Yellowstone and its 1883 spinoff, led a group of investors that bought the ranch. However, neither Sheridan nor any of the other individual buyers has acknowledged the purchase.

Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner, has featured the ranch several times. Sheridan reportedly is working on another spinoff with the working title 6666, and as of February, it was still in development.

The ranch went on the market in 2020 for $341 million. Marion, who died in 2020, spelled out in her will that the property be sold. The ranch — actually three properties used mostly for cattle ranching — covers 266,255 acres in Carson, Hutchinson, King, and Sherman counties.

Bell says in a news release that he and his late colleague Milt Bradford represented the owners, who “are committed to keeping it intact and preserving its legacy.” Sam Middleton of Lubbock-based real estate brokerage firm Chas. S Middleton and Son represented the Marion estate.

Bell says the ranch “was purchased in its entirety and will continue to represent the icon that it is in the ranching community. History is always being made around this unique ranch, and this purchase was no different.”

This marks the first time the ranch has been sold since its establishment in 1870.

“At over 266,000 acres, this is one of the most significant ranch purchases in recent U.S. history,” Bell says.

Marion’s maternal grandfather, legendary Texas rancher, oilman, and landowner Samuel “Burk” Burnett, started what now is known as 6666.

After he died in 1922, the bulk of Burnett’s estate went to his daughter, Anne Burnett, in a trusteeship for her not-yet-born daughter (Marion). Anne Burnett eventually married Charles Tandy, who founded Fort Worth-based Tandy Corp., which owned the RadioShack chain of electronics stores. Following Anne Burnett Tandy’s death in 1980, Marion inherited most of the estate, including two of the three parcels that now make up 6666. She purchased the third parcel, the 9,428-acre Frisco Creek Ranch, in 2016.