1883: A Ranching Origin Story

Jun 5, 2023 - Aug 1, 2023 Recurring every week day

National Ranching Heritage Center
3121 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79409


(806) 834-4632



Visitors can experience the world of 1883, the hit Paramount+ series prequel to Yellowstone. The new exhibit, 1883: A Ranching Origin Story, is open in the Don and Kay Cash Gallery at the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
In partnership with 101 Studios, this exhibition includes costumes, props, and photography from the hit western series, 1883. Highlights include an authentic wagon, a camp set-up, hand-beaded Native American props, behind-the-scenes photography, and apparel worn by stars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sam Elliott, and LaMonica Garrett.
“Taylor Sheridan’s 1883 production helps tell the very real story of early settlers moving west hoping to make a better life while struggling to conquer and endure terribly harsh environments,” said Scott White, Helen DeVitt Jones Endowed Director of Collections, Exhibits and Research. “These struggles turned the Western frontier into the dynamic region it is today, and portraying these struggles gives us a more accurate idea of what it took to cross the frontier, settle and survive. The history of ranching is part of those stories.”
1883 follows the Dutton family’s move west across the U.S. in the late 19th century. The series debut reportedly set a premiere record of 4.9 million households.
“Interest in shows depicting early ranch life is evident from the vast success of 1883,” White said. “It provides a platform to continue telling those stories and preserving the ranching history across North America.”
In addition to the exhibition, visitors can gain a better understanding of how real people lived across the Great Plains during the era depicted in 1883 through eight different structures dated 1870 to 1888 in the outdoor historic park.
The NRHC is a 27-acre museum and historical park that offers educational programs and exhibits about ranching history and contemporary ranching issues. The center is located at 3121 Fourth Street in Lubbock and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, and the historical park is wheelchair and stroller accessible. For more information, visit ranchingheritage.org.


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