Hot Property: Historic Cattle Ranch in Northern Nevada

A remnant from the Wild West, 25 Ranch spans four counties and dates back to the 1870s.


By Emily C. Laskowski, Cowboys & Indians Magazine

January 8, 2020


First owned by cattle and sheep rancher W.T. Jenkins—a man who once emerged victorious from a fatal gunfight in the Nevada rangeland—the 25 Ranch dates back more than a century. His daughter, Louise Marvel, took over operations in 1918 at the age of 18 and grew what her father built into one of the largest ranching operations in the state of Nevada (she was named Nevada’s  Cattleman of the Year in 1962).


“In springtime, the cattle would go to the higher country in the north with a cowboy crew of about 14 to 18 with two different wagons,” says John E. Marvel, the great-grandson of W.T. Jenkins.


At its peak, 33,000 sheep and up to 10,000 head of cattle inhabited the ranch, says listing agent Asher Watkins with Sierra Sothebys Realty.


It sold from the Jenkins family in 1964 and again in 1989 to the current owner. According to Watkins, the property has been improved over the years with a main residence, numerous dwellings, corrals, barns, shops, and support buildings.


“The 25 Ranch represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own an actual piece of Wild West history,” Watkins adds. “You can picture the stand-offs that took place on the land, and the wagon trains and miners that traversed it. Here you can live out dreams of having a large cattle operation and riding across your ranch on horseback, tending to livestock, or simply gazing out over your vast expanse of land blissfully while it makes money for you.”


25 Ranch


Battle Mountain, Nevada

$30,525,000 | Listed by Asher Watkins, Sierra Sothebys Realty


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