Our fifth and last new county for this trip was Oldham. We walked at the Cal Farley Boys/Girls Ranch which is also the ghost town of Tascosa.
First a little history – According to Wikipedia: Tascosa was named for a nearby creek. It was at the crossing of the Canadian River. Cowboys passed there on their way to the railhead and cattle markets in Dodge City. Tascosa was a town of tents and adobe, with a stone court house erected in 1884. It reached its peak in 1888 with cattle, farming, dairying, and general merchandising. The town died when the railroad passed it by.
Julian Bivins used the courthouse as his home for many years. In 1939 he donated 120 acres and the old courthouse to Cal Farley so he could start the boy’s ranch.
We began our walk by registering at the visitor’s center. No one is allowed on the ranch without registering and showing ID. You are given an visitors badge to display on your shoulder so you can walk around the area.
Leaving the visitor’s center we hiked back out to the highway entrance where several markers are located.
From there we retraced our steps back toward the ranch but turned into the cemetery entrance to visit Boothill.
Leaving Boothill I misread the instructions and we continued back toward the visitor’s center. Only when I reached it did I realize my mistake. Rather than walking back out again the way we just came we decided to use the map and walk the route backwards!
From the rodeo arena we walked back out to the cemetery, past the big arrow again and into the visitor’s center. Very nice walk.