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HISTORY OF THE RANCH

HISTORY

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Richey founded the Abilene Boys Ranch in 1947. While working as City Commissioner of Abilene, Richey was involved in an Abilene youth boxing program as well as a Scoutmaster. He began to notice through these activities how boys in the area who were without Christian role models fell into the same rut. Too often bad attitudes led to poor school performance, which turned into trouble with the law, and sometimes prison.

Then, in 1945, after being approached by Richey, the Abilene City Council donated 300 acres of land next to Lake Kirby on the south edge of Abilene for the establishment of a boys ranch. The next year Optimists International started an Abilene charter, sponsoring the Abilene Boys Ranch. With the help of Optimists International, a charter with the State of Texas was issued and a loan was granted for $2,400 to move an excess barracks building from Camp Barkley to the Ranch site, as well as pay a couple to live with the boys. This was the first building on the Abilene Boys Ranch. In 1947 Richey and his family, along with Mrs. Richey’s brother, Edwin Yeager, moved to the ranch.

Ben Richey died in 1970 on the ranch, followed by the death of his wife in 1986. Two years later, Abilene Boys Ranch was renamed Ben Richey Boys Ranch to honor its founder.

"Fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes in it to drain it dry!" Author Unknown

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