1824: Captain Richard King is born in New York.

1853: King Ranch is founded.

1869-1884: King revolutionizes the cattle industry, shipping more than 100,000 head of cattle north to feed the country's expansion and spur the development of ranching interest throughout the West.

1916: King Ranch begins a highly successful quarter horse and thoroughbred program that eventually produces countless stakes winners and a Triple Crown champion.

1920: Years of experimentation in cross-breeding culminate with the birth of Monkey, a deep red bull calf who became the foundation for the Santa Gertrudis line of cattle.

1953: Ranch acquires 50% interest in Running W Citrus Growers Limited partnership, which controls 13,000 acres of Minute Maid Citrus Groves in south Florida.

1997: Rancher's Renaissance is founded.