Unique exhibit has Lubbock connection - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/10/10

Unique exhibit has Lubbock connection

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A unique exhibit is now on display at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. Folks may be surprised to find an automobile in the center, but that's what the exhibit focuses on.

The Ford Model T was used by many farmers and ranchers for work and to get around, but this one also has a very local connection. It's a touring edition, bought in 1923 by Victor Smith in Alpine, Texas.

The Ford has only had two owners in that time, Smith and his son Harlan. Harlan donated the vehicle to the Ranching Heritage Center in November, and that's when the curator learned about the local connection.

"Because of his father's interest in archeology, he came to be friends with William Holden of Holden Hall, and the two of them were responsible for forming the West Texas Archeological Society together," Robert Tidwell said. 

At one point, the Model T accounted for half of the auto sales in North America, and you can imagine folks put it to some very creative uses.

"Cars were turned into mobile chapels. There was actually a photograph of a Texas couple who made one of the earliest RV's out of theirs," Tidwell said. 

If you'd like to check out the exhibit for yourself it's free. Just stop by the National Ranching Heritage Center just east of 4th Street and Indiana Avenue.

(Click Here) to learn more.

Copyright 2010 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Trump trying to turn around GOP holdouts on health bill

    Trump trying to turn around GOP holdouts on health bill

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-09-23 04:46:21 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:36 PM EDT2017-09-23 16:36:59 GMT

    McCain opposes latest GOP health care bill, drawing ire from Trump and possibly dealing death blow to repeal-and-replace effort.

    McCain opposes latest GOP health care bill, drawing ire from Trump and possibly dealing death blow to repeal-and-replace effort.

  • Trump tells NBA star Curry that White House visit is off

    Trump tells NBA star Curry that White House visit is off

    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:39 AM EDT2017-09-23 13:39:00 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:36 PM EDT2017-09-23 16:36:51 GMT

    President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn't want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don't bother showing up.

    President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn't want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don't bother showing up.

  • Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico's disaster becomes clear

    Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico's disaster becomes clear

    Friday, September 22 2017 4:06 AM EDT2017-09-22 08:06:51 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:30 PM EDT2017-09-23 16:30:59 GMT

    They eye of Hurricane Maria is nearing the Turks and Caicos early Friday as Puerto Rico tries to recover from the storm's devastation.

    They eye of Hurricane Maria is nearing the Turks and Caicos early Friday as Puerto Rico tries to recover from the storm's devastation.

Powered by Frankly