Made a fast weekend King Ranch Trip. Coastal South Texas has an amazing amount of wildlife in the ranch country. A great time was had by all. Below is a view flying back into Houston on a pleasant December day. Rancho de Santa Gertrudis ( later to be The King Ranch) was founded in 1853. It all began with the purchase of the Rincon de Santa Gertrudis land grant.The King Ranch has a long history and is famous for developing the Santa Gertrudis cattle breed. The Santa Gertrudis is recognized by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture as first beef breed ever produced in America.