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Weird Nebraska Oh Give Me a Home, Where the White Horses Roam 


In 1917 Cal and Hudson Thompson, twin brothers from West Point, Nebraska, bought a white stallion, "Old King," and began a breeding program. In the 1930s Cal and his wife Ruth bought Hudson's share of the breeding program. In 1937 the Thompsons began a registry for the breed, which they called American Albino. In 1938 they moved to a 2,400-acre ranch near Naper called El Rancho del Caballo Blanco, although it was known by most as White Horse Ranch. In addition to breeding horses, the Thompsons began a training and riding school for young people and started the White Horse Troupe, which performed around the country. Cal died in 1963. Soon afterwards Ruth Thompson had to close the ranch, lease the pasturelands, and sell the herd. The ranch was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 and opened to the public under new ownership in 1992.

 
Flyer, "Cal and Ruth Thompson
Present their Ranch in White . . .
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society,
RG1714, SFN96479
 
White horse ranch figurine
Source: Bob Puschendorf, Lincoln
  

          
These images are from an August 13, 1945 Life magazine article, "Life Visits the White Horse Ranch."
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society, RG1714

 

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