The National Ranching Heritage Center displays a fine collection of structures and equipment key to understanding Western frontier life. Inside the museum are interesting displays on the role of the chuck wagon, as well as Native American dress and furnishings of frontier ranch homes. Currently there is also an exhibit of place settings from the classic “name trains” of the streamliner era, with a focus on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway which served much of the Midwest and South Plains. The most impressive part of the museum is the exterior displays of ranch homes and related structures important to ranch life such as a school house, barn, and a complete typical rural train station including a steam locomotive, cattle cars, caboose, livestock pens and station (originally near Ropesville, TX). The interiors of the structures are furnished as they would have been in their original location/time period. This is a very well organized, maintained, and operated educational center. Everyone from young children on up would enjoy a visit, while comfortably spread out the amount of walking is fairly minimal and over level paved paths. Everyone in our family found something they particularly enjoyed at the museum, we would certainly come back.
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