Before the highways, hospitals, irrigation,
telephones and civilization arrived,
there were brave, inventive, and heroic settlers overcoming
the high risk of death to tame
the unrelenting plains of West Texas.
These founding fathers risked their lives to settle in desolate conditions, far away from the safety of community and civilization, relying on only grit and guts to overcome the impossible. At the National Ranching Heritage Center, the uplifting, man vs wild tales and stories of these settlers are told through authentic tools and structures used throughout the late 1700s all the way through the 1950s and is a fascinating attraction for any history buff.
The National Ranching Heritage Center encompasses 48 authentic structures, spread across more than 16 acres. The Center uses these artifacts to recreate the ranching experience, transporting you to a time when pioneers built and subsisted entirely on their vast ranches. The structures include a bunkhouse, barns, dugouts, a ranch headquarters, windmills, a blacksmith shop and more, to fully immerse you in the untold story of the trials and hardships voluntarily endured by these early settlers.