Muleshoe Heritage Center presents an old-fashioned Christmas

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

What better way to end a Christmas parade than at a historic village that’s been decorated to celebrate the Christmas spirit with Toy Land, Candy Cane Lane and Christmas trees.
Staff and volunteers have been working for more than a month to recreate an old-fashioned Christmas
in the famous buildings that stand on the Heritage Center grounds.
Janes Ranch House, an Aladdin Mail Order House that was constructed in 1915, will have three
decorated Christmas trees. The home that John Janes built for his wife Anna boasts a large ballroom on
the upper floor. Back in the day, grand dances were held for families from miles around, according to a
brochure from the Texas Historical Commission.
Other buildings acquired by the Heritage Foundation include The Figure 4 Ranch House and The Virginia
City Hotel, “the only wooden structure still in existence built for the sole purpose of accommodating the
farmers when they came to inspect the land.”
The Santa Fe depot, which opened Jan. 9, 1914, and ran the Lubbock to Texico line till 1983, is also part
of the Heritage Center Christmas.
“Santa Claus will be at the Depot,” said Gary Summers, office manager for the Heritage Center. “The
Schoolhouse and The Dugout are decorated. Eight homes including the office are decorated.”
Muleshoe High School students from the Student Community Action Club (SCAC), directed by Chris
Martis, will give tours and tell about each home. SCAC was also instrumental in putting up the Toy Land
display on the grounds.
For the first time, the Heritage Center will take part in the annual Muleshoe Christmas Parade, which
begins after sunset Saturday. Their float has the theme of Santa’s Workshop, and SCAC will hand out
candy to children along the way.
Also for the first time, the Heritage Center’s Muleshoe Entrance will be decorated with a live Christmas
tree, courtesy of Lowe’s Home Improvement in Clovis.
Dozens of volunteers have baked cookies to serve along with hot chocolate to the expected 300 to 400
visitors. The Muleshoe High School Choir will add to the merriment with Christmas songs.
Besides the SCAC, Summers credits Heritage Foundation President Gina Wilkerson, her husband Ronnie,
and Edward Luera with working to make Christmas magic at the Village. Charles and Margaret Hamilton
helped with electrical wiring to get the lighting just right.
“We will be accepting donations of unused, unopened toys that night for the toy drive,” Summers said.
Among the attractions at the Heritage Center are The Wells Fargo Wagon; the Granary; Wind Mills,
including The Eclipse Mill, a replica of Janes Ranch Mill, and The Working Windmill; The Pump House,
which provided water for steam engines; The Street Light, one of the first ever erected in Bailey County;
and The Muleshoe Ranch Cookhouse and Bunkhouse. Candy Cane Lane uses the same candy cane lights
the city used to put on the light poles around Muleshoe at Christmas.
The Heritage Center sponsors several events during the year. The Depot is available to rent for private
parties such as birthdays and family reunions. The kitchen is also available for a flat fee.
For more information, call Gary Summers at 817-846-2254

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