The ranch still maintains a small herd of Texas Longhorn cattle. Genho says it's in honor of those who paved the path and a reminder of how you must change and adapt to survive.

And there's plenty of history to recount. Take, for instance, the time Union forces held a pregnant Henrietta (King's wife), her family and the Kineños hostage while trying to find the captain, an ardent Confederate who was then in Mexico retrieving stolen cattle.

King and his boat crews were very successful in running the Union blockades to get supplies to Confederate troops. General Robert E. Lee was King's close friend and chose the location of the original ranch home because it would be easy to defend. Henrietta named the child she was carrying at the time Robert E. in honor of the rebel commander.

Henrietta was the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, and she was tough. After King passed away, she doubled the size of the ranch with the help of her family and the Kineños.

Pancho Villa and his bandits also raided the place, killing one of the Kineños.

The list of King Ranch family members and Kineños who made their marks in government and high-ranking public service reads like a Who's Who. Books upon books are filled with ranch history, not to mention a fair-sized building in Kingsville crammed to the rafters with ranch archives.

The King Ranch seems to have always had a knack for learning from the past and then moving on, rather than dwelling on the past or wishing the future away.