The National Ranching Heritage Center contains dozens of structures relocated from sites in Texas and New Mexico. They range from dugouts to two-story frame houses and numerous barns and outbuildings. A railroad depot provides a close-up look at a typical waiting room with its pot-bellied stove. Will Braddock visits many of these depots throughout The Iron Horse Chronicles. The Center has a nice collection of firearms, some of which Will uses in his struggles with Paddy O'Hannigan and his other enemies. There are also examples of horse-drawn vehicles. The Conestoga wagon is the type in which Jenny McNabb, Will's young lady friend, is traveling west when her family is ambushed by Cheyenne Indians in Eagle Talons.
Folks who live in the Texas Panhandle have easy access to these museums. Others who may be traveling across the country should make time to stop and visit them. If you are not going to be in Texas anytime soon, visit similar museums in your area. Young people, and old, will be impressed with these wonderful institutions. Everybody will come away better educated.