80 years. Thousands of lives.

A path to discovery.

1939

1939

1939

Cal Farley opens Boys Ranch with nine boys on 120 acres of Texas Panhandle ranch land.

1940

1940s

1940s

By 1941, about 25 boys called Cal Farley’s first campus home. A few years later, Mr. Farley helped them stage the first Boys Ranch Rodeo, which drew more than 3,000 attendees in just its third year. Word of the organization’s work began to spread, with stories appearing in the Saturday Evening Post, Reader’s Digest and a 1947 Hollywood film. Mr. Farley begins to make plans to ensure the organization’s long-term survival with an initial $2,500 bank deposit in September 1947.

1950

1950s

1950s

Mr. Farley sells his successful tire and auto business to focus full-time on his work with at-risk children. In 1952, he tells a national audience about Boys Ranch in a CBS radio appearance. The result is an explosion of residents from across the United States. The next year, he addresses the Texas legislature to explain the unique educational needs for campus residents. Administrative offices are built in Amarillo, Texas, to handle the day-to-day business needs of the fast-growing organization.

1960

1960s

1960s

On Feb. 19, 1967, Mr. Farley greets residents as they entered the campus chapel. As Sunday services begin, Mr. Farley, seated at the rear of the sanctuary, suffers a fatal brain hemorrhage. He was 71. He, his wife, Mimi and their dog, Cricket, a gift from campus residents, are buried at the Cal and Mimi Farley Memorial Gardens in front of the former courthouse that was home to early campus residents.

1970

1970s

1970s

A new, larger Boys Ranch Chapel enters service in 1973. That same year, the Cal & Mimi Farley Memorial Gardens are dedicated.

1980

1980s

1980s

About 10 years after Boys Ranch opened, a social worker named Ameilia Anthony opened Girlstown, USA in rural Texas. Cal Farley’s and Girlstown did good work separately, but in 1987 the organizations’ leaders decide they could more effectively serve the needs of children together and Girlstown becomes part of the Cal Farley’s family of service.

1990

1990s

1990s

In 1992, Romersi Home, the first of eight girls’ homes, opens at Boys Ranch. Eventually, all the residents of Girlstown, USA are integrated into the Cal Farley’s campus at Boys Ranch.

2000

2000s

2000s

A new century brings a new program to Cal Farley’s as the organization opens five Family Resource Center offices by 2008. These offices work with families to facilitate stronger relationships and serve as a conduit between families and children at Boys Ranch. Two more FRCs will be added by Cal Farley’s 75th year. In 2008, an Alumni Independent Living Center opens, providing transitional apartments for residents establishing their lives after leaving campus.

2010

2010s

2010s

Cal Farley’s takes a major step in 2010, when it is certified as a flagship site to implement the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, which identifies residents’ unique needs based on a detailed understanding of brain development. In 2012, the former Girlstown, USA campus becomes home to the Genie Farley Harriman Center for Women & Children, which helps single adult mothers and their young children develop a path to independence.

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