Texas Guest Ranch
In 1901, William Wallace Whitley along with his partner, Zoe Dixon Whitley, bought 1440 acres of raw ranch land in the centre Verde Valley in Bandera County, only nine miles west associated with small-town of Bandera, Texas. The Whitleys, who'd eight kiddies, raised ponies and Angora goats.
During aftermath associated with the anxiety, Whitley's child and son-in-law, Billie and Dee Crowell, approached Whitley because of the notion of starting a dude farm business. He consented to try it out, so that the Crowells left their particular careers in Ca, where Billie ended up being an actress and Dee ended up being a stunt man and traveled due to their daughter, Darlene, returning to Texas. The name Dixie Dude Ranch describes their particular trek from Ca to “Dixieland.” When the Crowells arrived, they worked with Whitley to make the farm ideal for visitors. They converted a vintage bunkhouse to residing quarters, enthusiastic a wood-burning kitchen stove for cooking and started for company on July 3, 1937.
Beginner pilots stationed in San Antonio during World War II for training were one of the primary guests and contributed significantly on popularity of the business enterprise throughout the early years. The youthful servicemen were in search of a property abroad, plus they discovered it in serenity of this Texas Hill Country ranch. For a dollar or two they might get an appropriate place to sleep, enjoy a good amount of home-cooked food, drive horses in the day and dance to nation music at night. Word spread of ranch owners' heat and hospitality, additionally the company had been handed down from generation to another.
Today, 7th generation Texan, Clay Conoly—Billie and Dee Crowell's grandson—manages the ranch with his spouse Diane and their two sons. Visitors congregate locally living area for family-style dishes, or gather in large living room—called the Roundup Room—to read, view tv, party to songs on jukebox, chat or extend on one of the sofas. A classic piano parked against a side wall surface can be acquired to virtually any site visitors inclined to tickle the ivories, and classic saddles from Conoly family members' collection tend to be proudly exhibited for anyone contemplating coming in contact with a piece of Tx history.
Dixie Dude Ranch is always a working ranch, raising horses, longhorn cattle, Spanish/Boer goats, and cultivating its own hay for the stock. Experienced ranch hands work and maintain the horses. The ranch's staff includes cooks, front desk clerks, wranglers and housekeepers – all here to extend you and yours our famous Texas hospitality..