Alan Craft is a member of a long-standing ranching family in Blanco County. His father, Major E.A. Craft, bought land on the Blanco River off of Chimney Valley Road in the mid-1940s. Alan Craft had just been mustered out of the Naval Air Service after World War II.
Those were the days when sheep and angora goats covered the hills and valleys of Blanco County and the Hill Country. After Major Craft's death, Alan Craft added 12 additional land purchases to the original Craft Ranch. He currently raises purebred Arabian horses and Registered Red Brahman cattle on the 2,000 acre Craft Alaca Ranch.
He is shown presenting his family history, The Life and Times of the Extended Family of Alan Mershon Craft, 1600 - 2009, of which Mr. Craft is the author. One chapter deals extensively with the history of the Craft ranch in Blanco County, starting with the Spanish Land Grants in the 1600s and continuing until today. This chapter has also been put in pamphlet form, which has also been donated to the Library. It is entitled. "Craft Alaca Ranch, 1600-2007”. It includes manned unique pictures which helps to describe the history and beauty of Blanco and its surroundings.