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Douglas Box and the original Southfork Ranch

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The original Southfork Ranch for the famed television show Dallas was on Preston Road in Frisco and owned by the Cloyce Box family.   Hear Douglas Box discuss his recollections of one of Texas’ most famous ranches and the rise and fall of his family dynasty at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Allen Public Library.     

The Box family was once a formidable player in the Texas business world, controlling a diverse portfolio of public and private companies, especially oil and gas, cement manufacturing, and real estate. Following Cloyce’s sudden death and a litigious four-year family ordeal, Douglas led the sale of the family’s oil and gas business.

Today, Douglas is a certified family business advisor, author, and public speaker.  He helps clients with succession planning, corporate governance, dispute resolution, and family meetings.  Texas Monthly’s Skip Hollandsworth notes, “There is nobody more prepared to write the saga of a great Texas family than Douglas Box.  His legendary father Cloyce is like someone out of central casting.  And what happened to Douglas and his three brothers is something out of a best-selling novel.  Get ready to shake your head in pure amazement.”


In 2014, Douglas published, Cutter Frisco, Growing up on the Original Southfork Ranch.  In October of 2016, he published a more extensive memoir about his father called Texas Patriarch – A Legacy Lost.

Call 214-509-4911.


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