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Ranching History

Ranching History

Preserving and Interpreting

One of the first structures built on a large ranch was the blacksmith shop, and it’s appropriate that the first historic structure erected at the center in 1972 was the Renderbrook-Spade Blacksmith Shop. Lewis Neely did not make his living as a blacksmith, but he became a skilled blacksmith as a hobby and has volunteered for five years as the NRHC blacksmith. Neely is one of nearly 185 community volunteers who help make the National Ranching Heritage Center the No. 1 tourist attraction in the Lubbock area.

Wow! Great Historic Display.
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This is a fantastic historic center. Indoor displays of the 19th century west and outdoor actual buildings from the period. Easy walking around at your own pace. Well marked with informative descriptions of houses and other items. Not to mention it is free. Children are welcome and sure to enjoy this too.

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National Ranching Heritage Center