About the new book: “The Heritage Lands of the 711 Ranch”


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  • Native Americans
  • Patriots of the Texas Revolution
  • Early Texas railroad companies
  • German and Swiss settlers
  • Ranchers, like L. A. and Pearl Nordan of the 711 Ranch

The story of
the premier 711 Ranch in Comal County,
now the land of Mystic Shores on Canyon Lake

Paula Rieker, author

     The 711 Ranch (1949 – 1999), established by L. A. and Pearl Nordan of San Antonio, Texas, was the largest ranch in Comal County, Texas, at the time. Before the days of the 711 Ranch, related history included fascinating triumphs and tragedies experienced by heroes of the Texas Revolution in the 1830s, and by German and other settlers starting in 1855. After the turn of the 20th century, several ranchers ran cattle and sheep on the lands. The Nordans aggregated many area land parcels into the 711 Ranch, where they received acclamation for their conservation of land, grasses and water resources as well as for champion Santa Gertrudis cattle and Columbia sheep.

     The lands of this 711 Ranch are now largely the lands of the Mystic Shores subdivision on Canyon Lake in northern Comal County.

     Events similar to what happened at the 711 Ranch happened all over Texas, as land rights were granted and land was claimed, settled and developed.

The professionally-produced book contains 320 pages of stories, photos through the ages, original artwork, plus several full-color pages. The hard-back book has a leather-like cover “branded” with an illustration of the last 711 Ranch cowboy riding horseback across the ranch.


Photography by JT Photographics