Copper Creek Canyon Cattle Company LLC
asked Greg Hahn to provide background on the Copper Creek Canyon
Cattle Company after he sent out a flyer for their
upcoming historical September 1, 2008 sale.
everyone would enjoy what Greg, his brother, Randy, their
families and teams have done to revitalize and bring back what
was once a thriving cattle (and hog) business in the Randolph
I know Don
and Wilma are proud that they have restored the farm and the
stockyards and made it a viable, growing business – and so are
we! We have also included some photos and history on their
If you live or are visiting
the area on September 1, 2008 – please drop by and say hello to Greg,
Libby, Randy, Lana, Ken, Don, Wilma and the rest of this
great team! - Jill.
We checked with the Randolph County Historical Society and found
that the first phone number for the stockyards was listed in
1923 as #105 and the location was listed as Jackson Street and
the Big 4 Crossing.
We also received this information from the Historical Society:
Ashael Stone built this house in 1858/1860. His previous home
burned while he was on a trip and Mrs. Stone had to run down to
the train depot to get help to save the home and some of their
possessions. When Ashael Stone returned home, he put a “thank
you” in the paper to those that helped her. He remodeled the
seed house, where he stored potatoes and seed for his nursery
business, to live in until the new house was built. Monisa
Wisener said he lived in this house until the mid to late
And now, several years
into the future:
is a name developed by Randy and his significant other, Lana
Williams. They have a very upscale western furniture store here
in Indy that many of the Colts, Pacers and executives from
around the country patronize. They ship items all over the
country. Larry Bird just totally furnished his new ranch in
Brown County with furniture and accessories from
CCC. So when Randy took our family farm over we decided
to utilize the name for the cattle operation because it was
already known throughout the country in that market. They have
been doing furniture ads and displays at most of the major
cattle and horse shows all over the USA for several years.
also decided several years ago to buy the Winchester Stockyards
because it was falling down and it was such a historic site next
to our farm. In the early 1900’s it played a major role in our
local economy as the only outlet for Randolph County’s hog and
cattle markets. It was one of the largest stockyards in the
eastern Indiana area and the only place that had daily rail
service for delivery and pick-up of hogs and cattle. At one time
there were two separate rail lines running into the facility.
Over the years it played a smaller and smaller role. With the
advent of trucking etc. the Winchester Stockyards was finally
abandoned and left to deteriorate in the 1970’s.
has now transformed and rehabilitated the property (as you saw
at our reunion) into the headquarters for the
Creek Canyon Cattle Company
and for Copper
Creek Canyon Wine Company,
which we also started several years ago. Since our reunion they
have done tons more work on the facility. It has gone from being
an eyesore in that part of town into totally renewing the area.
The future will
include annual cattle auctions (like the one this year) that
will bring in hopefully 400-500 folks; many of whom will stay
and eat in Winchester over a two day period. Needless to say
this has the potential to help Winchester’s economy in many
ways. Also, we have been in discussions with CSX about extending
the rail spur back into the facility to accommodate more
customers; especially from the far west. Over time we hope to
bring in many visitors in addition to the annual auctions and to
do wine tasting from our vineyard, which is also on the farm. By
the way the wine is incredible if I do say so myself. It must be
the 150 years of cow manure in the soil. (Seriously) We have
worked with Purdue’s Ag Dept. on wine and with a vintner in
Indy. Even though the production is too low right now for
commercial sales, we are getting there without sacrificing
quality. (Greg says that their Rose
produced approximately 20 cases last year. This year they have
two types of Chardonnay (one oaken and the other more fruity).
He also has a very good light red. – Jill)
I hope this
information is helpful and thanks for your interest and support
as always. I hope a few of our classmates can come by on Labor
Day and say Hi and see the action. It will be a great show.
The next to the last
page of the
flyer is a moving tribute to Don and Wilma Hahn.
A Special Thanks to
Classmate, Fred A. Lawson, for his research into the stockyards
and his photographs.
Also, thank you to
Monisa Wisener for her historical information about Mr. and Mrs.
Labor Day to Remember
By: Fred A Lawson
What I know about the cattle
business you could put in a thimble and still have room for
my finger. What I witnessed at the First Annual Copper
Creek Canyon Cattle Company Auction was a culmination of a
dream and an abundance of hard work. Randy Hahn, Ken Starr
and their team are to be commended for their efforts at
revitalization of the Stockyards and an addition to the
Winchester economy. Well done - everyone!
The red and white tent lent a festive air to the auction as
approximately 300 gathered for the day's main event. Lunch
was catered and a few speeches were delivered.
Col. Jerry Lehman was the auctioneer and his rhythmic
cadence filled the air. He was also not without humor when
he said "Folks, if you don't think these are some of the
finest Black Angus in the country; I suggest you go into the
Special thanks to Greg and Randy Hahn and Lana Williams for
making my first cattle auction memorable. I also enjoyed
visiting with my friend, Mayor Steve Croyle.
It is time for this reporter to Moooooooooooooooove on.