The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969 Page: 496
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
W. Curry Holden retired from the classroom last (Mlay to become
professor emeritus of history at -Texas Tech, but he is involved in an
active role nowadays. He and his wife, Frances, are cochairmen of
the Ranch Headquarters Planning Committee which plans to re-
create a "Williamsburg of the Southwest" on the Texas ')hch campus.
This will be a ten acre re-creation of a typical southwestern ranch
headquarters, with ranch homes, outbuildings, corrals, and bunk-
houses. There will be a chronological sequence of dwellings, begin-
ning with a dugout, then line-camps, stone houses and later Victorian
gingerbread structures which became popular as ranch owners became
more affluent. Each of the structures, however, will be original and
authentic, brought to the site from its point of origin.
Curry Holden was the man who got the idea, having lived in West
Texas all his life and knowing how many of the old pioneer buildings
were disappearing and how much old equipment was on the verge
of being lost forever. He began working on some of the ranchers from
the surrounding area. The working committee spread out, however,
until now it includes ranchers or ranching families from all parts of
the state: Watt Matthews of the Lambshead Ranch near Albany;
John F. Lott, the Slaughter U Lazy S Ranch, Post; Frank Chappell,
Jr., Spade Ranch; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schreiner Ill, YO Ranch,
Kerrville; Miss Christine DeVitt, Mallet Ranch, Seymour; and D.
Burns, Pitchfork Ranch, Guthrie.
The whole complex will be done authentically, even to the use of
square nails and early types of barb wire. Most of the buildings and
machinery are being donated. However, a budget of about $400,000
will be required for the restoration. One of the hardest dwellings to
find, according to Holden, was an authentic boxed and strip house,
usually with two rooms, plus shed rooms on the back and a front
gallery. There will be more than one bunkhouse, including one built
of stone in the 1870's which has been numbered, stone by stone, for
the move to the campus site and the restoration.
Two Life Members of the association, Ernest Wallace of Lubbock
and Carl Hertzog of El Paso were honored by the West Texas Chain-
ber of Commerce in November, being among five recipients of Cul-
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