“The Ranch That No One Would Buy” by L. Ron Hubbard
Publication date: October 1939
Original publication: Western Yarns
Story description: Petey McGuire has been kicked around for so long, he’d run from his own shadow. But something is about to turn him into The Toughest Ranger—hunger.
Currently available as part of the Stories from the Golden Age series, in the title The Toughest Ranger.