Charles Edward Wetegrove and his brother Raymond with Edward Burleson Raymond’s 1886 chimney that was part of the original house.

Living Next to Nature: La Jarra Ranch

When Charles Edward Wetegrove and his brothers Joe and Raymond inherited the family’s 500-acre Las Majadas Ranch in Willacy County, they knew they wanted to keep the ranch, their heritage, intact. Their great-grandfather had come to the Wild Horse Desert in 1872, began rounding up wild horses and cattle and herding them north to markets. Eventually he established the 6,800-acre ranch where the homestead’s 1886 chimney ranks as the oldest…

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