NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY 3121 Fourth Street 806.742.0498 Experience the real West. The NRHC is a museum and historical park located on the Texas Tech University campus. 48 historic
NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
3121 Fourth Street 806.742.0498
Experience the real West.
The NRHC is a museum and historical park located on the Texas Tech University campus. 48 historic ranch buildings and exhibits from the late 1700’s to the early 1900’s. Buildings include a cattle baron’s home, ranch headquarters, dugouts, bunkhouse and a one-room school house that have been moved from their original location and restored at the museum.
Entrance to the historical park will open each day at 10:00am and close each day at 5:00pm.
The outdoor historical park closes at 4:00pm.
The NRHC will be closed for all Texas Tech University holidays as well.
There is no admission fee, although donations are accepted.
The NRHC offers one 30-minute trolley tour of the historical park each Thursday at 10:30am from April through October at a cost of $5.00 per person. Tours will be cancelled during bad weather. Rides on the 21-seat trolley will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Trolley tickets are available for purchase in the NRHC gift shop.
Please visit our website at www.nrhc.ttu.edu for additional information and a complete list of special events and programs.
CURRENT EXHIBITS – NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER: –
The Life and Times of a Texas Icon, Charles Goodnight
Depicted in sketches and paintings by artist Lee Cable.
This exhibit presents a visual portrayal of many of the events in Goodnight’s life that made him a legend.
“Beef Cattle Breeds History Exhibit” Visitors to the exhibit will discover that Christopher Columbus brought the first cattle—Spanish Andalusian—to the Americas during his second voyage to the Caribbean Islands in 1493. In the Southwest, Spanish Andalusian cattle later became known as Texas Longhorns. Shorthorn cattle were imported to the eastern United States as early as 1783, followed by Herefords in 1817 and Angus in 1873.
“The exhibit emphasizes the timeline of the industry over the past 300 years,” explained exhibit co-curator Julie Hodges, Helen DeVitt Jones Director of Education at the center. Hodges worked with Dr. Ryan Rathmann, associate professor in the Department of Animal and Food Science at Texas Tech University and holder of the John W. and Doris Jones Professorship.
“This exhibit is a unique collection of historic photographs, life-size models of cattle and interactive kiosks that will give our visitors a hands-on experience,” Hodges said. Funding for the exhibit was provided by the CH Foundation, and resources for educators will be available on the center’s website at nrhc.ttu.edu.
“While the culture that surrounds ranching has captured the hearts and minds of people from around the world, ranching at its base has always been about providing food and fiber—especially beef—for a growing population,” Hodges said.
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 1971 and 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.
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.
“Sole of the Cowboy” 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 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.
“Burk Burnett Bedroom” is a permanent NRHC exhibit with items donated by Samuel Burk Burnett’s great-granddaughter, Anne W. Marion. Burnett was 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.
History of the National Ranching Heritage Center:
Proctor Historical Park
Devitt Mallet Museum
J.J. Gibson Memorial Park
Year Around Event (2018)
NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER
3121 4th Street