Magazine February 20, 2017, Issue

Act of Love

An unusual ranch in Texas

Elgin, Texas — Like everyone else, people with Down syndrome need someplace to be. But their options are sharply limited. Down Home Ranch is an unusual and wonderful place to be.

The ranch is near Elgin, Texas, which is about 25 miles from Austin. “Elgin” is pronounced with a hard “g,” by the way — like the marbles in the British Museum, not the watch-making town in Illinois. Elgin is known as the Sausage Capital of Texas. Motto: “Warm hearts and hot guts.”

At the entrance of Down Home Ranch, there is a marquee, which today announces that tomatoes are for sale.

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