About our Ranch
This Fourth Generation
ranch was established by J.O. and Lena Ernest Selman. J.O. and
Lena both came to Northwest Oklahoma in the late 1800's. Lena's family
came from Missouri in a covered wagon settling near freedom. J.O. came
from a somewhat famous family in Texas. His Uncle John Selman, a lawman
in Texas, killed the
infamous gunfighter John Wesley Hardin. J.O. ran away from home at the age
of fourteen, joining the Tandy cattle drive that brought him to Oklahoma. He was
known as "Jimmy Few Clothes", because all he had were the clothes
on his back. J.O. proceeded to build a small ranching empire of over 65,000
acres. Robert (Bob) E. Selman, J.O. and Lena's son, along with his wife Wilma,
cultivated the ranch
we now operate here on the Buffalo Creek and the West side of the Cimmaron River. Near the Cimmaron is the old ghost town of Salt Springs where local legend
has it that the last bank robbery on horseback occurred. Today the
Selman Ranch Lodge is operated by Robert (Bob) Selman's daughter, Sue
Selman with the help of her three grown children; Scott, Amy and Coli.
One of Sue's greatest passions is preserving the land and wildlife she
grew up with. We want to share that with you. Due to the
size of the ranch, the diverse terrain and the tranquility of the quiet
countryside we are blessed with an abundance of wildlife, big sky and
beauty. We have converted Great Grandma Cowan's home (the old
Railroad depot from Selman, OK) into comfortable lodging for our guests.
Sue's busy schedule includes making sure the
Ranch is maintained, but she also raises a small heard of sheep.
Her love of gardening keeps her very busy and she sits on the Farmers
Market board located in Woodward, OK, where she also sells homemade
jellies, pesto and of course Lamb. Sue is also a member of the
Oklahoma Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance (www.owpha.org).
An organization that developed the W.O.W. trial in Oklahoma.
Spring, Summer and Fall Sue welcomes eco-tourists, bird watchers or
photographers and many different academics. In the Fall and Winter
months the lodge is operated by our guides and their clients for
For more information about The Selman Ranch you can order "Buffalo
Creek Chronicles". Wonderfully written by Gary Lantz,
Beautifully photographed by Don House and containing an empowering reflection of
ranch life by Sue Selman. Together they created an astounding picture of the natural and human history of the Selman Ranch.
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purchase the book about our ranch.