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Flying W Ranch ready to go out to pasture, owner says

BY RICHARD MIZE Modified: April 16, 2009 at 12:44 am •  Published: April 16, 2009
SAYRE — Somebody new is fixin’ to lasso the Flying W, pardner.

Eddie Haynes Inc. in Yukon will auction the 1,995-acre guest ranch April 25.

The ranch, which includes a mock "Old West” town site, is between Sayre and Elk City in far western Oklahoma.

Owner Don Whinery said it was time to hang up his spurs. The black-baldy cows and calves already are gone. So are the buffalo he and his father, A.L., raised.

The land, 11 ponds and wildlife remain, as well as the town site, which has been featured in television specials, movies and "Cowboy University,” the CMT reality TV show.

Everything must go
The largest American Indian buffalo kill site on the southern plains — a 30-foot sandstone cliff and environs, under study by archaeologists from the University of Oklahoma — isn’t going anywhere.

It all goes on the block.

Haynes said it’s "ready for the next owners to take over and continue the Flying W tradition.”

The auction starts at 10 a.m. April 25 — surface only, offered in parcels and in combination.

Equipment, artwork and other items also will be on the auction block. Historic artifacts — about 4,000 items from a 19th-century Indian Territory store moved to the Flying W — will be sold separately on eBay and