Texas Tech University
3121 Fourth Street
Lubbock, TX 79409
The National Ranching Heritage Center is a museum and historical park located on the north boundary of the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock. Dedicated on July 2, 1976, the 27.5-acre facility was established to preserve the history of ranching, pioneer life and the development of the livestock industry in North America.
48 authentic ranch structures have been relocated to the NRHC from some of the West's most well-known ranches and show the evolution of ranch life from the late 1700s through the early 1900s. Each building reflects the geography of its original location and the materials available for construction.
Visitors to the National Ranching Heritage Center will see historic windmills, dugouts, barns, corrals and pens, a bunkhouse, one-room school house, blacksmith shop, ranch headquarters buildings, a locomotive, stock cars, depot and examples of such unique early architecture as a cabin made of cactus stalks and mud chinking and an elegant two-story ranch home ordered from a mail-order catalog. Each building has been authentically restored, furnished or outfitted to reflect period correctness.
Throughout the year, the National Ranching Heritage Center sponsors special events, educational programs and exhibits to promote interest in ranching history and to perpetuate early ranching lifestyles.
The National Ranching Heritage Center is located east of Indiana on Fourth Street, in Lubbock, Texas.