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This is a continuation of the previous post, featuring Candlelight at the Ranch, the Christmas open house of the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC).

Back in the late Silurian, when my mom was executive director of our local Girls Scout Council, she went to a meeting in this big old 2-story house outside of Abernathy.  In 1975, that old house was loaded on to a flatbed truck and hauled 40 miles to its new location at the NRHC.  Last night, I got to visit it again.  It was all decked out for Christmas.

Barton House 1907, lit up for Christmas

Barton House 1907, lit up for Christmas

Barton House, leaded glass luxury

Barton House, leaded glass luxury

Barton House, Store-bought wallpaper.

Barton House, Store-bought wallpaper.

Barton House, the halls are decked.

Barton House, the halls are decked.

Barton House, storytelling in the dining room

Barton House, storytelling in the dining room

Barton House - Fancy cookstove

Barton House – Fancy cookstove

Barton House - It does more than cook!

Barton House – It does more than cook!

Barton House - In the Kitchen

Barton House – In the Kitchen

Barton House - Built-in Cabinets

Barton House – Built-in Cabinets

Barton House - Braiding Rags For Making Rugs.

Barton House – Braiding Rags For Making Rugs.

Barton House - Presents Hidden in the Closet

Barton House – Presents Hidden in the Closet

Barton House - Quilting in the Bedroom

Barton House – Quilting in the Bedroom

Barton House, Quilting in the Parlor.

Quilting in the parlor, playing dominoes with grandpa, handwork in the bedroom.

To highlight the role of the railroad in the life of the west, the NRHC has acquired not only an engine, some cattle cars and a caboose, but cattle loading pens and an entire railroad depot.

Cattle Car,  Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad

Cattle Car, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad

My mom was a legal secretary for a number of years to a partner in a local law firm.  One of his clients was the Santa Fe Railroad, whom represented in court whenever someone felt they had cause to file a suit against them.

Ropes Depot

Ropes Depot, opened for business on July 1, 1918.

Carol of the Bells, Christmas carol singers in the 6666 Barn.

Inside the 6666 Barn -- Writing Letters to Santa

Inside the 6666 Barn — Writing Letters to Santa — Big Brother Lends a Hand

IMG_0643Inside the 6666 Barn — How do you spell “Nintendo?”

It's pronounced "bob war"

Just FYI, it’s correctly pronounced “bob war.”

"Don't Fence Me In"

The cowboys sang “Don’t Fence Me In,” but it happened anyway.  One of the more well known participants in The Lincoln County War was Billy the Kid.

Note the table is set with the plates turned upside down -- to keep the dust off of them.

Pitchfork Cookhouse – Note the table is set with the plates turned upside down — to keep the dust off of them.

Pitchfork Cookhouse - we had an old aluminum drip coffee pot just like that when I was a child.

Pitchfork Cookhouse – my mom had an old aluminum drip coffee pot just like that when I was a child.

Los Corralitos - the "horno" -- wood fired oven for baking bread

Los Corralitos – the “horno” — wood fired oven for baking bread.

Los Corralitos -- spinning and weaving

Los Corralitos — spinning and weaving

Los Corralitos -- spinning yarn

Los Corralitos — spinning yarn

Sculptured Ravens

Sculptured Ravens

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Five in all

Five in all

Western art -- A lost mural found

Western art — A lost mural found

Holiday decorations ranch style

Holiday decorations ranch style

All Decked Out

All Decked Out

Costumed Docents full of holiday spirit

Costumed Docents full of holiday spirit

That's All, Folks!

That’s All, Folks!