Sponsored by the Heritage Association of San Marcos, the event—and the popcorn— are free of charge. Doors will open at 2 p.m. at the Texas Music Theatre, which faces the Hays County Courthouse on San Antonio Street.
After the show, guests are invited to the Courthouse lawn for a Sunday Social, where cobbler and cookies will be served. The Hays County Museum, located inside the historic Courthouse, will be open as well.
For six decades, between 1902 and the early 1960’s, the 101 Ranch west of Buda was the largest ranch in Hays County. Gil and Maggie Kuykendall bought the land in 1902 and were given the right to use the famous 101 Ranch brand and name from Oklahoma as a wedding present by the owner.
Just three years later, Gil died, and Maggie spent the next 45 years keeping the ranch in operation. Her daughter, Dorothy, worked with her, maintaining all of the cattle and sheep until she sold the property in 1966.
While the film focuses on these two women and their experiences at the ranch, it also tells how the Kuykendall family first came to Texas with Stephen F. Austin and the Old 300, acquiring land holdings near Blessing. As the family grew, the Kuykendalls became involved in many aspects of life in central Texas.
Produced by the Hays County Historical Commission and directed by Richard Kidd, the 101 Ranch shows what life was like on a major Texas ranch with interviews from family members who are still living and reenactments of scenes from times past.
The film also relates how the Kuykendall ranch became known as the “101 Ranch Hilton” because of its many visitors throughout the years. One colorful family figure, Bill Kuykendall, was a famous polo player who sold horses and played the game during the 1930’s in all parts of the country.
For more information on the “Heritage Roundup on the Square: Sunday Cinema and Social,” visit the Heritage Association website at www.HeritageSanMarcos.org.
Photo Caption: The 101 Ranch was the largest cattle operation in Hays County from 1902
to the early 1960’s, with over 11,000 acres of cattle, horses, and sheep. A documentary film
about the ranch and the colorful family who ran it will be shown free of charge June 23 at the
Texas Music Theatre.