Immense Value on Historical Accuracy
John Poindexter is a third-generation Texan, a war veteran, and a successful businessman who shares the same devotion to Texas and the Big Bend that enabled Milton Faver to amass his empire in the 19th century.
When he first came upon the property in 1988, John was searching for a sizable yet distinctive Texas ranch to serve as a private retreat for family, friends and his business and government associates. After a successful bid for the ranch that year, it would still be two years before he was finally able to obtain the property on a Friday afternoon before Labor Day weekend. Then the extensive restoration process began.
- Phase One
- Phase Two
- Phase Three
Rediscovering the Past
As planning for restoration of the ranch began, John began to reintroduce animals to the area that were indigenous to the Big Bend or had a historical relationship to the region. Plans were gathered for restoring the structural integrity and layout of the old forts themselves. Where portions of the 19th century adobe forts had been eroded, restoration initiatives were proposed using old photographs, surviving archives and the memories of former ranch residents still alive.
The archaeology, historical research and physical restoration of the forts and their immediately surrounding environments were compressed into a challenging four-year campaign. The restoration team took painstaking care in historical accuracy and authenticity, going so far as to rediscover the art of making adobe, determine the configuration of the old walls and gardens, and restore every detail of the original structures.
With the critical architectural contributions of the San Antonio firm of Ford, Powell & Carson, the restoration project and the related construction drew to a close in 1994.
Grounds and Interiors
The next seven years were devoted to landscaping, facilities expansion and interior decoration. The striking architectural features and Spanish and Mexican furnishings intermixed throughout every space all remain faithful to the 19th century historical accounts of the forts. The majority of modern conveniences are artfully hidden from view, allowing guests to feel as though they are traveling back in time – without losing modern comforts.
Awards and Recognition
Upon its completion, the fully restored Cíbolo Creek Ranch won four national and state honor awards in architectural design and achievement from the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects.
National recognition of the restoration’s historical merit is demonstrated by three separate listings in the National Register of Historical Places maintained by the United States Department of the Interior. The State of Texas has erected five state historical markers on the property that describe the rich and colorful heritage of Cíbolo Creek Ranch. Come see them for yourself!