Bob and Helen Kleberg of King Ranch

Bob and Helen Kleberg of King Ranch


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Bob and Helen Kleberg of King Ranch by Helen Kleberg Groves

King Ranch. The name is embroidered in the tapestry of Texas, rising from the sunbaked coastal plains in the infancy of the state itself. King Ranch is the inspiration of legends and speculation, tradition and history. Rawhide-tough through drought, Indian attacks, Civil War, and the Great Depression, among other trials, King Ranch is the star of Texas.

Now the memoirs of Helen King Kleberg Alexander-Groves, the only child of Bob and Helen Kleberg, give a personal glimpse of life on the storied ranch of the Kings and the Klebergs. This intimate and compelling book chronicles not only the history of the ranch but also the life of Bob and Helen Kleberg, the first family of cattle ranching. From the Santa Gertrudis, the first cattle breed developed in America and the first breed recognized worldwide in over a century, to the Triple Crown–winning Thoroughbred Assault, Bob and Helen Kleberg changed the ranching industry. The memoirs of “Helenita” open the door to the romance of Southwest cattle ranching, as well as the grit, glory, and inner workings of King Ranch in Texas and its ranches around the world.

With over 200 photographs, some by Toni Frissell and many by her close friend and fellow photographer Helen Kleberg herself, this lavishly illustrated portrait includes accounts of the Klebergs’ famous hospitality, extended not only to the celebrities who were entertained regularly but also to the Kineños, the loyal ranch hands first brought to King Ranch by Captain King. Hemingwayesque photos depict hunting adventures in the Texas brush country—for which the ranch is still famous.

Bob and Helen Kleberg of King Ranch is a view from the center of the King Ranch legacy, perpetuated now for some 150 years. Bob and Helen Kleberg of King Ranch is a requisite addition to the library of any ranching, history, or Texana aficionado.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595348173
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 285,332
Product dimensions: 10.60(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Helen Kleberg Groves, the only child of Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg, was born October 20, 1927, in San Antonio, Texas, and was raised on the King Ranch in Kingville, Texas. She attended Foxcroft School in Middleberg, Virginia, and later Vassar College. Groves is the president and on the board of various family foundations and has been the director and president of numerous horse and cattle associations, including lifetime vice president of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association. She is the recipient of the prestigious Order of Australia, bestowed by the Governor General on behalf of the Queen, as well as many distinctive honors from museums, boards, and foundations. Groves is a successful rancher, raising Santa Gertrudis and crossbred cattle, and she continues to breed and race Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, primarily of the King Ranch AQHA registered strains. She is an avid quail hunter and resides in South Texas.

Bill Benson is a well-known chronicler of American ranching heritage. He documented the story of the famed 6666 and Triangle ranches in The Burnett Ranching Empire and the Waggoner Ranch in A Texas Legend. He has worked with Helen Kleberg Groves to archive her parents’ papers, records, and photographs. Benson, a native of Nebraska, is the former executive director of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, Oklahoma, and the former director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation and Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

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