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Rancho Diana

June 10, 2013
Cattle in lower trap, Box R Ranch truck in foreground

Cattle in lower trap, Box R Ranch truck in foreground, MS 397

Currently, Rancho Diana is a 1300-acre natural area owned by the City of San Antonio. The land was acquired through the 2005 (Prop. 1) voter-approved Edwards Aquifer Protection program and is part of the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. It is currently not open to the public, but the city plans are to expand and appropriately develop the Friedrich/Crownridge/Cedar Creek/Rancho Diana contiguous park properties into a natural area destination. Proposed capital improvement projects include the design and construction of a Natural Areas Visitors Center, rehabilitation to the existing structures, parking, access, interpretive features, trails, trailhead features, and other amenities following a master plan for the historic park.

Ritter House, MS 397

Ritter House, MS 397

In the 1950s, when the land was a working ranch, Christi Loper lived there with her father who was the ranch manager. Last fall, Ms. Loper donated a series of photographs of her family’s time on the ranch in the 1950s and a return visit in 1976 to UTSA Special Collections.  Also included in the donation was a real estate brochure, which describes the property as follows:

The Box R was formerly known as “Rancho Diana,” a Texas Showplace for many years. Situated at 1400 ft. elevation, amidst the rugged beauty of the Bexar County hills, its 1208 deer-fenced acres are the natural habitat of deer, turkeys, and other game.
The two residences, the English Provincial manorhouse and the Spanish style guest house, are spacious and comfortable. The residential setting has been beautified with landscaped terraces, gardens, flagstone walks, swimming pool, streams, and a pond.

Christi and Fluffball the cat wearing a dress, MS 397

Christi and Fluffball wearing a dress, MS 397

Billy goats, MS 397

Billy goats, MS 397

An inventory of the Rancho Diana Photograph Collection is available online and approximately 100 digital images received from the donor can be found in UTSA’s digital repository.

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