National Ranching Heritage Center
DeVitt Mallet Museum
Lonesome Dove: The Making of an American Masterpiece
This exhibit provides visitors with a unique behind-the-scenes look at the work that went into creating this iconic TV miniseries. The exhibit features storyboards, props, costume sketches, scripts and other materials from the production.
Art from the Collection of Roland and Joyce Jones
This exhibit features paintings from the collection of Roland and Joyce Jones, who are avid collectors of Western Art. Roland and Joyce Jones began collecting contemporary Western Art in 1971and have accumulated one of the finest personal art collections in the country. Longtime supporters of the Bosque Art Center in Clifton, Texas, Roland and Joyce have helped many of today's well-known artists gain recognition for their work.
Mary Belle Macy Gallery
The saddle-maker built his (or her) reputation on the quality of their workmanship. Each saddle was created to certain patterns and specifications, hand-tooled (stamped) and carried the maker's mark. These saddles were prized by their owners (still are). To make a saddle gives a rider good support for hours in the saddle along with a secure seat for the times when things get real Western. A saddle is also there to provide a center for control of the horse and rider. A good saddle makes it possible for a rider to stay in balance with the animal and to ride over that animal's center of balance.
The saddle-maker was the craftsman that created saddles fit to particular requirements for both cowboy and horse. For instance, Carl Darr of Paducah (part of his saddle shop is shown in this exhibit) became known as the " Dean of Texas Saddle Makers" because of his productivity (1586 saddles made over his career) and his well-design of a saddle. This exhibit displays the craftsmanship of many of the top saddlemakers, including saddles made by Carl Darr, Gary Dunshee, Tooter Cannon and Bob Marrs. A portion of Carl Darr's saddle shop is also on display featuring many of the tools and machines he used to create approximately 1600 saddles during his career.
The Model T was not the first car that Ford designed and manufactured, but it was the fulfillment of a dream. Ford had designed and built cars that were bigger and more luxurious, but Henry Ford had long sought to make a car that was cheap, reliable and easy to own; a car that could be bought and maintained by people of modest means.
The Model T entered the automotive scene on October 1, 1908. At that time, the automobile
was still largely a possession of the wealthy despite the existence of over 200 manufacturers
in the U.S. alone. The inexpensive automobiles of the time were
very basic and crude. Decent, comfortable cars could cost $2,000 or more (a hefty sum in the early 1900s).
Henry Ford wanted to change the landscape of the motoring world. Ford wanted to offer to people of modest means a car of good quality and low cost – a Universal Car. In 1908, the Model T cost $850, but the price dropped to about $295 by 1927. The drop in price was the result of improvements in the manufacturing process which permitted a surge in annual production. The end result of Ford's efforts was 15 million inexpensive and easy to maintain vehicles.
Sole of the Cowboy
This exhibit features a variety of cowboy boots from the NRHC's collections. The boots in this exhibit once belonged to various people who have had an influence on the culture of the American West. The exhibit features boots from Barry Corbin, Tom Lea, Ace Reid, Tio Kleberg and many more. The exhibit also explores the evolution of the cowboy boot from its origins to the present day.
The History of Beef Cattle Breeds
While the culture that surrounds ranching has captured the hearts and minds of people from around the world, at its base ranching has always been about providing food and fiber – especially beef – for a growing population. Modern ranchers depend on specially developed genetics, production techniques and data to produce beef. The story of beef cattle breeds in the United States is an interesting one, cast with many characters. Production, grains, processing, technology and marketing have all driven the industry to where we are today – an industry that provides high-quality protein for millions of consumers around the world. This exhibit brings the timeline of the beef cattle industry to life, featuring the history of the industry, a unique collection of photographs, life-size models of cattle and interactive kiosks.
Funding for this exhibit was provided by the CH Foundation.
Burk Burnett Bedroom
The Burk Burnett Bedroom is a permanent NRHC exhibit with items donated by Samuel Burk Burnett's great-granddaughter, Anne W. Marion. Marion is president of Burnett Ranches Ltd., which includes the Four Sixes ranch founded by her great-grandfather, one of the most well-known and respected ranchers in Texas.
This exhibit space duplicates one of 11 bedrooms in "the big house" at the Four Sixes headquarters. Among the Burnett pieces are the brass bed, grandfather clock, secretary, side table, fireplace and mantle, rug, books and saddle (by saddle maker R.T. Frazier). The gold-plated chandelier was originally made to function using either gas or electricity.