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.
John first came upon the property in 1988 during his search for a sizable Texas ranch with a distinct character. After his successful bid for the ranch that year, it would be two more years, on Friday afternoon of Labor Day weekend, 1990, before he was finally able to obtain the property.
The property was initially purchased as a private retreat for family, friends, and associates in business and government. As planning for restoration of the ranch began, John reintroduced animals that were indigenous to the Big Bend or had a historical relationship to the region. Thereafter, the archaeology, historical research, and physical restoration of the forts and their immediately surrounding environments were compressed into a challenging four-year campaign. The challenges included rediscovering the art of making adobe, determining the configuration of the old walls and gardens, and restoring every detail of the structures to a high standard of historical accuracy. Where portions of the 19th century adobe forts had been eroded, restoration proceeded using old photographs, surviving archives, and the memories of old-timers and former residents of the ranch.
The restoration project and the related construction, under John’s direction and with the critical architectural contributions of the San Antonio firm of Ford, Powell & Carson, drew to a close in 1994. During the following seven years, landscaping, facilities expansion, and interior decoration brought the property to a high state of development. Thereafter, it won four national and state honor awards in architectural design and achievement from the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects. The end result is a beautifully restored historical treasure with most modern conveniences artfully hidden from view. The visible architectural features and the Spanish and Mexican furnishings throughout the facilities remain faithful to the 19th century.
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.
Detailed accounts of the restoration project, as well as the life of the founder, Milton Faver, can be found in a book written by John Poindexter and entitled The Cíbolo Creek Ranch.
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