On this day in 1966, A Houston oilman Ralph A. Johnston signed the deed transferring the 254 acre Paisano Ranch to The University of Texas. The ranch was used as a writers' retreat. Johnson Bought the retreat to take it off the market so that way it could still be used as a writers retreat. A gala dinner and art auction in Houston helped raise the money to buy the ranch from Johnston so the university could have it. Since then, Texas Writers have worked and lived at the ranch to inspire and use the retreat to write.