Early in life, John's father, Jerry Elick, instilled in him an appreciation for the land, which he learned from his father, a Czech immigrant in the 1800s, who also believed in hard work and dedication.
Together John and Taunia have continued that legacy at Texas Ranch Life, using their land to preserve a working piece of Texas history and their family's history, while restoring the land to its natural glory.
Stephen F. Austin
The Lonesome Pine Ranch was originally settled by two of Stephen F. Austin's "old 300" families, Joel Leakey and James Stevenson, who back in the early 1830's, had their pick of the best spots in Texas. The descendants of these two settlers are still in the area.
In January 1821 Austin's father, Moses Austin, had received a permit from the Spanish to settle 300 families in Texas, but he died in Missouri a short time later before he could realize his plans.
History in the Area
Our area of Central Texas has a beautiful and elaborate history and culture. From the Spanish-Mexican influence, cowboys and indians, all the way to the arrival of German and Czech settlers, there are historic restaurants, museums and parks where you can experience it all.
There are many beautiful, historic places just a short drive from the ranch...including Washington on the Brazos, Independence, TX, the Bluebell Factory in Brenham, and Stephen F. Austin's cabin...
Fun Ranch Facts
Texas Ranch Life has a unique history all its own! From outlaws and bandits to Indians and Confederate soldiers, the ranch has its own collection of tall tales. Time and imagination may have embellished the facts, but they still entertain and delight.
Get the stories behind our centuries old cemetery, a famous Mexican vigilante's saddle, slave stories, grandpa Elick face off with a terrifying Comanche war party and the friendly Texas Ranch Life ghost!