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Boys Ranch in Oldham County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch

 
 
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 19, 2015
1. Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Marker
Inscription. Founded in 1939 by Cal Farley, champion athlete and successful businessman. Boys Ranch was a natural result of Mr. Farley's years of working with underprivileged boys, and the outgrowth of Kids, Inc. and the Maverick Boys Club, two excellent youth programs in Amarillo that he helped to establish. The birth of this “Home on the Range” occurred when a prominent Panhandle rancher, Julian Bivins, gave the old courthouse and 120 acres of land on the site of the famous and historic “Wild West” town of Tascosa, making it possible to provide “a shirttail to hang to” for homeless, confused and destitute boys from all over this nation. From a humble beginning in the Old Tascosa courthouse with six boys, a cook, a superintendent and his wife, the ranch has grown to its present size and capacity because of the gifts, interest and generosity of thousands of fine people everywhere. Today there are many hundreds of “Exes” in every part of America, living successful and productive lives because of the “shirttail” they had to hang on to at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch.
 
Location. 35° 32.067′ N, 102° 15.992′ W. Marker is in Boys Ranch, Texas, in Oldham County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 385 and Route 233 Spur
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 19, 2015
2. Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Marker
, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 385. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boys Ranch TX 79010, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oldham County (here, next to this marker); The Historic LS (here, next to this marker); Old Tascosa (here, next to this marker); Boot Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tascosa Courthouse, 1884 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tascosa (approx. 0.6 miles away); Matador Cowboys Reunion Association (approx. 10.9 miles away); Hartley County Courthouse (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boys Ranch.
 
Categories. Education
 
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 19, 2015
3. Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 22, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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