The Stieler Ranch was established in the late 1800s by Adolph Stieler on one of the highest hills in Kerr County. The Stieler Hill Ranch has been in continuous operation by the same family since 1878. The ranch is located on Highway 87, 8 miles north of IH-10 at Comfort and 12 miles south of Fredericksburg.
The Stieler Ranch was the legendary ranch of Becky Patterson’s grandfather, Adolf Stieler, the “Angora Goat King of the World” in the 1940’s, when the wool and mohair industry of Texas was the largest in the nation. The ranch was home to 60,000 Angora goats, as well as sheep and cattle. Today it is home to Black Angus and white-tailed deer. Besides cattle and managed hunting, the ranch is also used by the Texican Rangers, an 1870 cowboy style Single Action Shooting Club.
Though Adolph Stieler is gone, his descendants still live on the ranch and cattle and cowboys have replaced the goats.