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Programs at the Pawnee Bill Ranch

All programs require advance notification and a minimum of 15 people. For the blacksmith program, whip act, and buffalo tour, the group must have a minimum of 30 people to schedule the activity. The fee for one program is $1.00 per student, and $2.00 per adult. Each additional program is $1.00 more per person per program.

Mansion Tour

Time: approximately 35 minutes
All ages
A trained member of our interpretive staff will guide visitors on a room-by-room tour of Pawnee Bill and May's 1910 mansion. It is fully furnished with all of their original belongings. Participants will hear the life story of Pawnee Bill and his wife and learn about the history and importance of the Wild West Shows.
(Mansion tours are also available for non-groups. They require no advance notification for groups of nine or under.)

Blacksmithing

Time: 30 minutes
All ages
A skilled blacksmith will demonstrate basic blacksmith techniques and incorporate an educational lecture on the importance of the blacksmith to Ranch life.

Buffalo Program

Time: 30 minutes
All ages
This fun program takes groups on a tram ride in the exhibit pasture (weather permitting). They will learn about the history of the bison, Texas longhorn, and draft horses. Participants will also be educated on conservation, ecology, and the relationship between the Pawnee Bill Ranch and the animals.

Cowboy/Whip Act

Time: 30 minutes
All ages
This lecture program allows children and adults alike to hear what life was like for a real cowboy on the cattle drives. Our cowboy interpreter is also a whip artist who can demonstrate how the bull whip was used to manage herds and entertain audiences too!

Log Cabin Program

Time: 30 minutes
All ages
This interactive program takes participants into a real log cabin and exposes them to true pioneer living. The program is part lecture and part hands-on fun as children have the opportunity to play frontier games similar to what children played 100 years ago.