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SHS grads fulfill hunting lodge dreams

Lost Creek Ranch opening Sept. 8 in Joplin
Christina Derr
Thursday, August 30, 2018

This 10-acre lake is just one sight to be seen at Lost Creek Ranch near Jacksboro. The hunting venue is the creation of two Springtown High School graduates, Trace Miles and Jacob Jordan.

Springtownians looking for a new spot for the quickly approaching hunting season will soon have a new option just west of town.

Lost Creek Ranch will open Sept. 8 near Jacksboro, and will provide hunters with an opportunity to hunt a variety of animals include multiple breeds of deer, hogs, and even buffalo.

The ranch began out of the dream of two Springtown High School graduates, Trace Miles and Jacob Jordan.

The duo forged what turned into a lifelong friendship while playing baseball together in Springtown.

“We went from teammates in t-ball to business partners following a dream that developed through a lifetime of experiences and memories built,” Jordan said.

“We began hunting together at 14 and it moved from a hobby after school to a consuming love for adventure.

“It was only natural to have the desire to own a hunting ranch, but it seemed so far out of the reach of two small town kids,” he added.

After graduating, life took them down different paths, and Jordan eventually moved to Denver.

When he returned to Texas, however, he learned that Miles still had interest in starting the ranch they’d talked about as kids, and that he had experience working as a guide.

The two began their planning for the ranch, but finding the right piece of land took time.

Miles discovered a piece of property, and when Jordan saw it for the first time this February, they knew they’d found just the right spot.

Three months later, in May, they began construction on their lodge and hunting facility.

It is a 3,600 square feet custom lodge that contains an archery and riffle range, outdoor kitchen, and recreational area.

The ranch also provides beautiful scenery to its visitors complete with hardwood trees, a live creek, multiple water tanks, and a 10-acre lake.

“The fishing is outstanding, and the hunting will be second to none,” Jordan said.

“We are focusing on creating a place for people to come relax and make memories with friends and family.”

And, because the property is on the site of the original Fort Richardson, there many stone barricades that are still intact for visitors to see.

“We are preserving as much as possible. We continually find artifacts throughout the ranch,” Jordan said.

Perspective visitors will have a chance at seeing all the ranch has to offer during a grand opening event Saturday, Sept. 8.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the event will feature smoked barbecue and a tour.

More information on the ranch and its grand opening can be found at

The ranch is located at 2777 Slusher Road in Joplin.