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The Legend and the Legacy (2001)
Fort Bend County Museum Association
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    The Jones family signed an agreement with Stephen F. Austin to care for and farm 4,428 acres of land in Fort Bend County
    The Jones family and farm survived the Texas Revolution unscathed
    After Jones died, the Ryon family inherited the farm, which was the most valuable real estate in the region. When William Ryon died, his wife Polly ran the ranch by herself, expanding it to almost 28,000 acres and 6,000 cattle by 1895. She became one of the first ranchers to fence her land with barbed wire. 
    After Polly's death, her two children inherited the land and homestead. The daughter Mamie married Albert George, and the family spent their days farming and ranching.
    In 1923, the Gulf Production Company drilled a well in a field called Big Creek that was producing 4.5 million barrels of oil. The Georges also found an oil field on their land and became wealthy.
    Albert George came up with a mix of cows and bulls that rivaled the King Ranch Santa Gertrudis cattle. Albert George loaned Bob Kleberg a sizable sum of money to help get the King Ranch out of a jam.
    Madeline Jodarski Muegge, the daughter of a former George Ranch employee, tells about her childhood spent on the ranch and attending the George School
    Mamie George's cousins talk about meals and activities at the ranch
    The Georges started the George Foundation that has played an instrumental role in supporting the community of Fort Bend, including churches, the Polly Ryon hospital, and the George Memorial Library
    The George Ranch Historical Park, with a glimpse of the Georges' farmland
    Texian Market Days at the ranch is a celebration and reenactment of life at the ranch back in the early prairie days. Participants can watch cowboys wrangle, try their hand at roping, eat biscuits made in a cast iron oven, and observe reenactments of life in the early days.
    Many of the slaves who were freed after the Civil War continued to work on the ranch as farmers or sharecroppers