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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.

History and Beauty
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There is an indoor and outdoor display. History and Beauty in sculptures. Many homes and antiques to display. The staff is extremely thoughtful and helpful. This is a must see, it is free, but they accept donations to help with the upkeep.

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National Ranching Heritage Center