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The ranch survives only in the Mustangs of Las Colinas, commissioned from Robert Glen in 1976 by Ben Carpenter, who was the ranch owner.  His father, John Carpenter, had come from Corsicana in 1928 to work at Dallas Power and Light, but these weren't poor folk: the Carpenters also had a real-estate company and from 1939 controlled Southland Life Insurance.  The Hackberry Ranch, at 600 acres, was hardly their core business, but it did become the core of Las Colinas when the Carpenters, with financing from Southland, enlarged the ranch to 1,500 acres in 1948 and 6,000 acres in 1959.  That was four years before the federal government's decision to locate DFW where it is now.  Not bad, for a spin of the real-estate dice.

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