Cogdell’s General Store is the official store of the National Ranching Heritage Center, located in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the Texas Tech University campus. The National Ranching Heritage Center is a unique museum and historical park comprised of 48 authentic dwellings and ranch structures from some of the country’s most historic ranches. We offer a wide variety of Western themed merchandise including books and many products containing the National Ranching Heritage Center’s brand.
Come visit us Monday through Saturday, from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm, and on Sunday from 1:00 – 4:30 pm.
Preserving and interpreting the history of ranching in North America and addressing ranching’s contemporary issues.
The National Ranching Heritage Center is a museum and historical park located on the north boundary of the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock. Dedicated on July 2, 1976, the 27.5-acre facility was established to preserve the history of ranching, pioneer life and the development of the livestock industry in North America.
48 authentic ranch structures have been relocated to the NRHC from some of the West’s most well known ranches and show the evolution of ranch life from the late 1700s through the mid 1900s. Each building reflects the geography of its original location and the materials available for construction.
Visitors to the National Ranching Heritage Center will see historic windmills, dugouts, barns, corrals and pens, a bunkhouse, one-room school house, blacksmith shop, ranch headquarters buildings, a locomotive, stock cars, depot and examples of such unique early architecture as a cabin made of cactus stalks and mud chinking and an elegant two-story ranch home ordered from a mail-order catalog. Each building has been authentically restored, furnished or outfitted to reflect period correctness.
The Ranching Heritage Association, originally known as the Ranching Headquarters Association, was conceived by ranchers and historians who recognized the need to preserve ranching history and tradition.
Founders of the organization sought to address the loss of historically significant ranch structures to time and the elements. Chartered as a Texas non-profit corporation in 1969, the Association’s stated purpose was to preserve the physical, social and cultural aspects of ranching and to assist in developing, interpreting and maintaining public interest in ranching history.
Maintaining this legacy remains the focus of the Ranching Heritage Association today. It strives to keep alive and perpetuate the traditions, intrinsic values and authentic history of the ranching industry.