Swan Land and Cattle Co. is a name with deep roots in the history of Wyoming and the
American West. In 1873 Alexander Swan, a Pennsylvania businessman, moved to Wyoming
and began establishing one of the largest ranching empires in American history known as
Swan Land and Cattle Company, Ltd. At its hight in the early 1880's, Swan Land and
Cattle Co. controlled over one million acres in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska and
ran over 110,000 head of cattle. Throughout its years of operation, Swan Land and Cattle Co.
played a key role in many legendary episodes of the Wild West including the famous
Johnson County War and the life of Tom Horn, the gunman who became the last person to
be hanged in the state of Wyoming.
The original Swan Land and Cattle Co. ceased operations around 1945. The name was then acquired and held by a Wyoming resident who appreciated its historical significance. Swan Land and Cattle Company, LLC has now been re-established as a modern ranching operation.