The History of Southfork Ranch

The famous mansion many people know from the hit TV show DALLAS has a unique story of its own.

Posted on Mar 14, 2018 By Ashley Turner

We're celebrating the 40th anniversary of DALLAS with two epic fan events on March 30 and 31. Fans will have the chance to mingle with the cast members – Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Charlene Tilton and Ray Kribbs are joining us! – and enjoy DALLAS trivia and party with fellow partygoers. To get you excited for the event, we're taking a look back at where the magic of this iconic show started.

The famous mansion sits on a 340-acre lot in Parker, Texas, about 30 miles north of Dallas. Before the show landed on this location, the production company originally filmed the first five episodes at "Box Ranch" in Frisco, Texas. As the show quickly became popular, production turned to finding a new mansion to film and landed on Southfork Ranch.  



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The house at Southfork was built in 1970 and was home to its original owners Joe and Natalie Duncan. When the cast began filming the series in 1978, they were only allowed to film exterior shots, so all interior shots and scenes were actually filmed in a soundstage in California that resembled the inside of the house.

Initially scripted as a non-continuing five-part drama, DALLAS' success resulted in the show running for a total of 13 seasons and was shown in 95 countries! The series continued to grow in popularity and so did the interest of fans wanting to see the mansion in person. However, the original owners were not appeased by the traffic and eventually sold the property, allowing the new owners to open the mansion to the public.

In 1985, the ranch underwent massive construction to accommodate the thousands of annual visitors that stopped by, building a 63,000-square foot conference and event center. Today, fans from around the world come tour the ranch to relive the memories of the beloved show. Inside the mansion, you'll find tons of memorabilia, the characters' bedrooms and Jock Ewing's original Lincoln Continental, among other items from the golden era of the show. The ranch also hosts various events, as well as offer horseback riding lessons year-round.



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Come see it for yourself! The DALLAS 40th anniversary event is just around the corner and you don't want to miss it. The Southfork Fan Event will include a tour of the Ewing mansion and a meet-and-greet with the cast, and the weekend will end with a bang with the Dallas Fan Party at the Longhorn Ballroom.


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