By Mel Rhodes
Now a lot of folks may think of crisp, green salads when they hear the word “ranch,” especially those living east of the West, which is where we are on the map. “Ranch” out here is a “whole other thing.”
Palo Pinto County has long been a rancher’s delight with plenty of good grass and fresh water sources. From the heady days of Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving's trail drives to the present, this place has been a ranching place.
If you’d like to learn more about our ranching history, masticate some delectable chuck wagon fare and hear some good Texas music, mark your calendar for this Saturday, April 27. There’s a do on.
Texas Frontier Trails, a local group dedicated to preserving the rich history of Palo Pinto County, will present its annual Ranch Heritage Day at Western Heritage Park, formerly Pollard and Lions parks. That address is 3099 N. Oak Ave., Mineral Wells.
Gates open at 1 p.m. Activities to include cowboy storytelling, musical entertainment and information on Palo Pinto County ranches, including the Crawford Brothers Ranch, Nelson Ranch, Belding Ranch, Double Gates Ranch and others.
Price of admission is $5 per person for the street dance or $20 for the whole event – dance and chuck wagon meal. An honest to goodness dutch-oven meal whipped up by authentic chuck wagon cook Alan Smith will be served.
TFT invites you to gussy up, saddle up, put on your dancing shoes, whatever, and come on out for a true Palo Pinto County experience!