What Is the History of the Drummond Ranch in Oklahoma?

Drummond Ranch in Oklahoma was founded by the sons of successful trader Frederick Drummond, who settled in Osage territory in the late 19th century. All of his sons have ranched in Osage and Marshall counties for more than 100 years.

By the 1980s, the Drummond family managed more than 200,000 acres of ranchland in Oklahoma and Kansas, which included two Hereford ranches established by Frederick Genter Drummond, the original Drummond’s son, south of Hominy, Oklahoma, and west of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, during the Great Depression. In 2013, Modern Farmer magazine stated that the Drummonds were the 17th largest landowners in the United States.

Today, the Drummond Ranch is best known for the popular blogger and cooking show star Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. She is married to Lee Drummond, the son of Frederick A., the current patriarch of the family.

The original Frederick Drummond migrated from Scotland in the 1880s to ranch in Texas, where he failed. He found success as a trader with the Osage native American tribe and ran a trading company.

Frederick A. Drummond is known for revolutionizing the cattle business. He convinced his father to switch from Herefords to black Angus cattle in the 1950s. The rancher discovered the breed lived longer on average and had fewer health issues.