National Ranching Heritage Center to Dedicate 80 John Wallace House
July 21, 2009
The 80 John Wallace house was restored by the National Ranching Heritage Center and
will be dedicated.
The 80 John Wallace House will be dedicated at 11 a.m. July 25 at the National
Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) and will be followed by a barbecue lunch at noon.
The NRHC is located at 3121 Fourth Street and tickets to the ceremony are $10 in advance
from Tim Bynum at (806) 742-2498 or go online at www.nrhc.com
Daniel Webster “80 John” Wallace, one of Texas’ most successful black ranchers, was
born in 1860, the son of slave parents in Victoria County. At the age of 15, he went
to work as a cowboy and eventually worked on cattle drives and roundups for C.C. Slaughter,
Isaac Ellwood, John Nunn, Clay Mann and several other big operation owners.
Wallace received his nickname 80 John from his time on the Mann ranch. He did the
majority of the branding, and the Mann ranch brand was a large “80” used on both cattle
and horses. He became known as 80 John, and the name stuck with him the rest of his
Wallace’s cross-shaped house sat at the edge of a cultivated field and was surrounded
by mesquite trees. The house was built more than 100 years ago, but is in remarkably
good condition for its age. The house had a kitchen stove for cooking, another stove
for heat and chimneys all still intact prior to the move to the NRHC.
He broke horses, drove cattle, helped set up large cattle ranches and survived hostile
Native American attacks. His wages went to buy cattle and land, which he used to set
up his own ranch on 1,280 acres southeast of Lorraine in Mitchell County.
Funds to relocate and restore the 80 John Wallace house were granted to the Ranching
Heritage Association by the CH Foundation
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CONTACT: Jim Pfluger, executive director, National Ranching Heritage Center,
(806) 742-0498, or email@example.com.