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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, leaded glass luxury
Barton House, Store-bought wallpaper.
Barton House, the halls are decked.
Barton House, storytelling in the dining room
Barton House – Fancy cookstove
Barton House – It does more than cook!
Barton House – In the Kitchen
Barton House – Built-in Cabinets
Barton House – Braiding Rags For Making Rugs.
Barton House – Presents Hidden in the Closet
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
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.
Carol of the Bells, Christmas carol singers in the 6666 Barn.
- Inside the 6666 Barn — Writing Letters to Santa — Big Brother Lends a Hand
Inside the 6666 Barn — How do you spell “Nintendo?”
Just FYI, it’s correctly pronounced “bob war.”
Pitchfork Cookhouse – Note the table is set with the plates turned upside down — to keep the dust off of them.
Los Corralitos — spinning and weaving
Los Corralitos — spinning yarn
Five in all
Western art — A lost mural found
Holiday decorations ranch style
All Decked Out
Costumed Docents full of holiday spirit
That’s All, Folks!