Graves, Lee R 1977-11-22

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Lee R. Graves discusses the efforts that have gone into the development of the Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Lee R. Graves

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Date: November 22, 1977

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Susan Dickey

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Lee Graves, background, Grandparents’ migration to West Texas (1879), Ranch description, Southwest of Ozona Texas, Pecos River, Unsettled, Indians, Still in family, Ranching Heritage Center, Background on name, Buildings, Originators, Dr. Curry and Fran Holden, John Lott, D. Burns, Jack Hampton, Early development, Role of Jerry Rogers, Hiring Graves, Background, Director, Experience at Fort Davis Texas, Expectations, Graves’ philosophy on restoration, Attaining buildings, Blacksmith shop from Spade Ranch, Frank Chappell benefactor, Character, Grandfather and background, Building’s background, Tract of land, Choosing buildings, Impact of Dr. Curry Holden, Planning, Attaining buildings (again), Donated, Barton House, Mrs. Barton lived in house, Moving houses, W. K. Bigham and Sons movers, Description and character, Barton House moving, Size and weight, Removing porch, Preparing fireplaces and chimneys for moving, Getting under house, Digging tunnels, Fireplaces (again), Moving them intact.

Tape 1, Side 2: Ranching Heritage Center (continued), Barton House moving (continued), Fireplaces (continued), Cradling chimneys, Needle braces installed, Moving crew size, Men and women worked, Getting under house, I-beams inserted, Getting on truck, On the road, Power lines let down, Railroad service interrupted, Companies’ cooperation, Foundation, Las Escarbadas House, Two-story stone house, Foundation, Provision for heating and air conditioning, Will Robinson’s planning, Historical integrity of buildings, Interpretations based on historical documentation, Jowell House complex, Stone houses, From Palo Pinto County, German, Roof and shingles, Concern for replacement, Plans for the future, Spanish complex, Other buildings, Dedication on July 4, 1976, Work and repairs required, Wear and tear caused by visitors.

Range Dates: 1879-1977

Bulk Dates: 1970s

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