Boys Ranch – Oldham County – 04/09/15

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.

Bust of Cal Farley

Bust of Cal Farley

Leaving the visitor’s center we hiked back out to the highway entrance where several markers are located.

Blue Star Memorial Highway Markers are located throughout the United States. Since 1945, when the Blue Star program began, they have been placed to honor the servicemen and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Blue Star Memorial Highway Markers are located throughout the US.  Since 1945, when the Blue Star program began, they have been placed to honor the servicemen and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Historical marker for the town.

Historical marker for the town.

Historical marker about the LS Ranch.

Historical marker about the LS Ranch.

THIS PYLON DONATED BY PHILLIPS PETROLEUM CO TO THE MEMORY OF THOMAS C. CRAIG WHO SERVED AS A DIRECTOR OF CAL FARLEY'S BOYS RANCH 1944 TO 1955 ERECTED 1962

This pylon donated by Phillips Petroleum Co 
to the memory of Thomas C. Craig
Director of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch 1944-1955
Erected in 1962

Plaque on Pylon

Plaque on Pylon

Texas Highway Department Marker for Oldham County from 1936.

Texas Highway Department Marker for Oldham County from 1936.

From there we retraced our steps back toward the ranch but turned into the cemetery entrance to visit Boothill.

Boot Hill Entrance.

Boot Hill Entrance.

Quanah Parker Trail Arrow.

Quanah Parker Trail Arrow.

We climb the hill to Boot Hill.

We climb the hill to Boot Hill.

Historical marker for Boot Hill.

Historical marker for Boot Hill.

Entrance to cemetery.

Entrance to cemetery.

Pet cemetery nearby.

Pet cemetery nearby.

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!

Arched entrance to Boys Ranch.

Arched entrance to Boys Ranch.

Sculptor: Clyde D. Doney Titled: "IT'S WHERE YOU'RE GOING THAT COUNTS"

Sculptor: Clyde D. Doney
Titled: “IT’S WHERE YOU’RE GOING THAT COUNTS”

Strange place for graves?  Cal and Mimi Farley

Strange place for graves? Cal and Mimi Farley

Once proud courthouse is now a museum.

Once proud courthouse is now a museum.

Marker in front of courthouse/museum.

Marker in front of courthouse/museum.

Poster inside the museum.  Cal Farley used to be a wrestler!  That was a surprise.

Poster inside the museum. Cal Farley used to be a wrestler!
That was a surprise.

Wooden Indian in the museum.

Wooden Indian in the museum.

Old printing press in the museum.

Old printing press in the museum.

Posted in the museum.

Posted in the museum.

Boys Ranch Church

Boys Ranch Church

Tascosa schoolhouse.

Tascosa schoolhouse.

First of several large ponds.

First of several large ponds.

Walking around the pond.

Walking around the pond.

Is this what is called a "blue roan"?

Is this what is called a “blue roan”?

Bridge over one of the ponds.

Bridge over one of the ponds.

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Murals on activity center.

Murals on activity center.

Mural on building at rodeo arena.

Mural on building at rodeo arena.

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.

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6 Responses to Boys Ranch – Oldham County – 04/09/15

  1. Gypsy Bev says:

    Liked the murals. They seem to be popular in parts of Texas.

  2. Was touched by the dog’s grave. Looks like an interesting hike. —Curt

  3. mommermom says:

    I always enjoy your pictures! The walks must be a great deal of fun for you- and interesting too.

  4. Cary says:

    Thanks for visiting our campus at Boys Ranch! It’s an amazing place with a rich history, but it’s even more incredible to think about the thousands of lives Cal Farley’s has helped transform over the years — more than 12,500 across all our programs!

    I’d invite you to learn more about this incredible organization at our website, calfarley.org. (Excuse the very poor, dated design. Spoiler alert: An all-new website is coming soon!) At the site, you can see more of the history of both the Cal Farley’s organization and the Wild West history of Old Tascosa.

    Thanks again. I hope you enjoyed your visit!

    Cary R. Varnado, senior director for marketing and communications

  5. Mark McClung says:

    As an ex-west Texan now in Seattle it’s great to see pictures of my home country. Thanks for posting these.

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