A walk at National Ranching Heritage Center

 Spur of the moment destinations can be fun. A few weeks ago, I had an appointment in Lubbock, Texas. All we had planned for that day was to head to Lubbock, finish up my appointment and have lunch somewhere and then head back home to New Mexico. Well my appointment was at 9am, finished up in around 15 minutes so we still had a few hours to go till lunch. So I started googling places to go to in Lubbock and National Ranching Heritage center caught my attention. So we decided to go there to kill some time before lunch.

A museum inside the main building.




I really don't know much about this place and it's history but I guarantee you don't need to know that much to appreciate and enjoy it. Entrance is free, maps are given out at the main building so you know your way around the place. You learn as you go around exploring. These are mostly buildings and structures from back in the old days that were moved and donated to the center. Each structure has it's own story and you will read them on sign boards next to them.

Walking around outside where all the structures are at.

There's benches for you to sit on when you get tired from walking around.

Los Corralitos (The Little Corals) circa 1780 

 Cart used for transporting water from a well powered by a windmill.

Each structure has their own stories to tell.

How they lived back in the day.
More inside shots

  I bet alot of stories and memories came out from these buildings.

Dining Area

Jowells house (1872-73)

Jowell Cemetery (1876-1889)

Little graveyard

Old Mail Camp circa 1875

Like a scene from a horror movie

Boiler room

 Masterson Jy Bunkhouse circa 1879

Matador Half Dugout 

John House circa 1900

Wild Cow Corral Early 20th Century

 Waggoner Ranch Commissary circa 1870's

Inside the Commissary

Bairfield Schoolhouse circa 1890
One room schools where built to serve the family of cowboys, ranchers and homesteaders. Classroom furnitures was homemade, and wooden boards were painted black for chalkboards. A bucket of water from a well or stream provided drinks for everyone, which cause illnesses to spread rampantly.

 Schools were used for social gatherings, meetings, plays and church services.

Blackenship Cowchip House 1907- This structure stored dried cow manure, called cowchips. It was the job of children in ranch families to collect the material and store it were it would stay dry. On the barren plains, the material was burned for heat and cooking where wood was not a resource. Although an easily obtained and abundant fuel source, cowchips left much ash when burned

 Pipe Raymond Vaneless Windmill circa 1918 -one of the most frequently seen vaneless mills on the Great Plains, this windmill was moved to NHRC from Ulysses, Kansas. The blades of this mill face away from the wind and fold back as wind increases. The complexity of the machine required frequent repair and part replacement


Harrell House 1900, 1917 - repesents the expansion of dwelling as the family grew and fortunes increased. This house began as a single stacked - rock room in 1883. Next two box, two box and strip rooms were added to the east side of the stone house. Last the , the other rooms and porches were added. Over the years the buildong fell into disrepair until Fay and Myrtle Harrell of Scurry County, Texas, found it and made it their project to restore. In 1961-1962, the sisters provided most of the somewhat ecletic furnishings to represent early West Texas.

Inside the Harell's House


 Living room

 Cowboy hat on the headboard

 Dining area

Box and Strip House 1903, 1907

 Barton House, story goes that a lady shows itself on the second floor window.     

Back to the main building.

It took us about an hour to go around the whole place, There's more original buildings that weren't on the pictures above, also we didn't have the chance to look through all the exhibit in the museum. We had so much fun looking and going inside the old structures, exploring the simple life during the old days. We've learned alot about Ranching history, I highly recommend National Ranching Heritage Center, a place worth visiting in Lubbock Texas.

To learn more, click on link below to go to their official website.



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