Indian Cliffs Ranch Part 2 — The approach to Cattleman’s Restaurant


Front gate adornment

Front gate adornment

Don’t arrive at the entrance gate to Indian Cliffs thinking you’ll go straight to Cattleman’s Steakhouse.  Ain’t gonna happen, pardner.  There be too much to see along the way.

The road to Cattleman's Steakhouse

The road to Cattleman’s Steakhouse

Immediately past the gates you’ll find covered wagons harking back to the Old West:

Covered Wagon

Covered Wagon

These “Prairie Schooners” are just the beginning of your journey to the Cattleman’s parking lot:

Covered Wagon

Covered Wagon

Rounding the first turn to the right you’ll stumble upon Clay Canyon Lake, and leading the way to the lake is a street lighted walkway through a park-like area of mesquite and other trees:

Clay Canyon Lake

Clay Canyon Lake

Nearby is of course that Old West Ranch artifact, the ever-present windpump:

Old West-style Windpump for well water

Old West-style Windpump for well water

Covered wagons may be what you most remember from movies of the Old West, but don’t forget that other prop the buckboard:

Ancient buckboard

Ancient buckboard

Statuary also line the route to the Cattleman’s parking lot, but not your typical statuary.  These are depictions of the beasts most associated with the Great Plains and the Old West:

Approach statuary

Approach statuary

And just beyond the statuary, along the shores of Clay Canyon Lake is another reminder of the Old West:

Hostiles! Or, maybe not.

Hostiles! Or, maybe not.

Before we leave today’s journey through Indian Cliffs Ranch, here are some closeups of the statuary:

American Bison, a.k.a., "Buffalo

American Bison, a.k.a., “Buffalo

Texas Longhorn

Texas Longhorn

American Bison, a.k.a., "Buffalo

American Bison, a.k.a., “Buffalo

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