The buildings are located on a 1371-acre parcel of land purchased last year by a company named YFZ L.L.C.
, a Texas limited liability corporation based in Washington, UT. Documents filed in the Schleicher County Courthouse reveal David S. Allred
as the YFZ corporate official who handled the transaction for the land.
is the only company official named in the corporation's organizing papers filed with the Texas
Secretary of State's office.
Real estate closing documents associated with the property were signed by Mr. Allred
here in Eldorado
At that time, Allred
reportedly told several local citizens that he
was planning to build a corporate retreat on the land.
More than one local rancher has said that Allred told them he was the owner of Dave's Builders, a construction company in St. George, UT., and that his clients are located primarily in Las Vegas, NV.
Those clients were the reason for the retreat, Allred
reportedly said, so that he
could have a place for them to hunt and be entertained.
, the Arizona man who represented a newly formed corporation, YFZ L.L.C.
, when it purchased 1,691 acres some four miles north-northwest of Eldorado last November, made the rounds in town last Thursday, meeting with local officials, and assuring them that he
intends to use the property as a corporate hunting retreat.
Three large buildings under construction on the ranch will be used to house guests, Allred told Sheriff David Doran, adding that some families may be living there full time.
Brooks Long met with Allred
, and his construction foreman, Ernie Jessop, primarily to make contact with the men and open a dialogue.
The story, picked up by a number of other publications, linked David Allred
, the Utah man who organized YFZ Land L.L.C.
, and bought 1,691 acres north of Eldorado
, to an Alco Company in the twin cities.
The property was sold in November to YFZ Land LLC
, which lists Colorado City, Ariz., resident David Allred
as its agent.
initially told Doran and others the compound would be used as a corporate hunting retreat.
But that changed Wednesday at a meeting Doran held with Allred
and others, Smith said.
David Allred, a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is the sole registered agent for YFZ Land, owner of the property.
now claims property intended for FLDS community
David Allred, the Hildale, Utah man who handled the purchase of some 1,691 acres of land four miles north of Eldorado, and who organized a company called YFZ L.L.C. to manage the property, met with Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran and Justice of the Peace James C. Doyle on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 28th in an attempt to address a storm of controversy surrounding the land.
reportedly admitted that the story he
had told locally that the YFZ Ranch would be a corporate hunting retreat, was just that, a story.
claimed that the ranch had always been intended as a community of members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints
had hoped the cover story would help to fend off the media frenzy that ultimately followed the FLDS
Smith's county, located in the southwest corner of Utah
, is where Hildale is located, the hometown of David Allred
is the man who bought the YFZ Ranch, and who a few hours before Smith's arrival in Eldorado
, admitted to local officials that the property is actually owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints
, a sect that broke away from the Mormon Church
nearly a century ago when it renounced the practice of polygamy.
At that meeting, Allred
admitted to Doran and Doyle that the YFZ Ranch was never intended to be a hunting retreat.
Instead, the property was planned for a new FLDS community and would house no more than 200 people, David Allred
Officials with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality say that the investigation into environmental violations at the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado is still moving forward, but the state agency is not yet prepared to levy a fine or other penalties against the ranch's owner, YFZ Land L.L.C. In October of 2003, a Utah man named David Allred formed YFZ Land, L.L.C. and began using the company to acquire property in Schleicher County.
Many of his former followers, including Richard Holm of St. George, UT, believes the song title was the inspiration for the name given to YFZ Land, LLC, the corporation formed by one of Jeffs' most ardent supporters, David Allred of Hildale, UT. YFZ Land, LLC appears to have been created specifically to acquire 1,691 acres of land here in Schleicher County, and to mislead local residents as long as possible about Jeffs' real plans for the property.
At least it was typical until November 2003, when a man from Utah
named David Steed Allred
came to town to purchase 1,691 acres of ranchland four miles north of Eldorado's sleepy downtown.
was in the construction business, he
told several residents, and was going to transform the land into a corporate hunting retreat where he
could entertain clients from Las Vegas - which might work out fine, if Allred's clients were going to be interested in traveling that far just to bag a few white-tailed deer.