National Ranching Heritage Center

I had some time to kill yesterday and decided to visit the National Ranching Heritage Center.  it is described on their website as “27.5-acre facility established to preserve the history of ranching, pioneer life and the development of the livestock industry in North America.  48 authentic ranch structures have been relocated to the NRHC from some of the West’s most well-known ranches and show the evolution of ranch life from the late 1700s through the early 1900s. Each building reflects the geography of its original location and the materials available for construction.”

I have been to the center many times and find it so interesting.  Looking at how ranchers lived when they were settling the west it is amazing what they endured and how little space they had.   It made me think about how much extra stuff I have that I really don’t need.

El Capote Cabin c 1838

Hedwig’s Hill Dogtrot House 1855

Matador Half-Dugout 1888

Barton House 1909

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7 comments on “National Ranching Heritage Center
  1. For some reason I can’t see the pictures. 😦 I always think the same thing—that I have too much crap and could live on so much less—when I see one room cabins or dugouts.

    • I’m sorry you were not able to see the pictures, I’m not sure what the issue may be. It is interesting how they lived compared to us now. I don’t think a lot of us could live like they did. I know it would be hard for me but I guess I would learn to adapt

      • I’m going to attempt a major downsize later this year. Not anywhere close to homesteader living, but something which will be a major difference for me.

  2. That house is very unique!

  3. Rick says:

    I’m amazed that more of them didn’t pack up and leave.

  4. dragonflyzia says:

    Love the history in these pictures!

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