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Anacacho Ranche Collection

January 24, 2011

by Shannon Keith

The Anacacho Ranche Collection, which was donated to UTSA Special Collections in 2004 by Thomas C. Frost, documents life and business on a South Texas ranch at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. During this time, the ranch was operated by Samuel Jones Woodhull, Josiah Townsend Woodhull and Oliver Jones Woodhull. The brothers raised sheep, goats, and cattle and were active members of the Brackettville/Spofford community.

Below are images of selected documents in the collection that give a glimpse into the home and business lives of the Woodhull brothers. Click the images for a larger view.

Letter from L.M. Johnson of Compaña del Ferrocarril Internacional Mexicano to Woodhull Bros. concerning a claim on sheep killed by a train, September 21, 1885.

The first page of a receipt for clothes and household goods, June 4, 1880. Click here to see the second page of the receipt.

Photograph of the Woodhull Brothers’ sheep camp near Brackettsville, TX, circa 1880’s.

To see the entire collection in person call 210-458-2381 to make an appointment. An inventory is available at

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