History at Southfork began in 1978, when Lorimar Productions chose the North Texas showplace as the site for the CBS TV series Dallas. The hit series, which counted millions of viewers across the United States and in 95 countries as fans, was originally broadcast in the United States from 1978 to 1991. The series continues to be broadcast in syndication and still is in first-run status in many countries around the world. Because of the ranch’s high profile on television, the beautiful white mansion, the pool, the barns and surroundings quickly became a tourist mecca. – Southfork Ranch
I recently visited and toured the Southfork Ranch and had a blast! I wasn’t a fan of the Dallas show, because it was slightly before my time. However, after the tour I found myself watching older episodes as well as the newer episodes because I was so intrigued. I had no idea the actual show wasn’t recorded in this house, but instead in a studio in California. The owners of the home wanted their children’s lives to be as normal as possible. Which after the show gained popularity was pretty hard to do. The cast was able to shoot certain shots and scenes, but had many restrictions. One of the restrictions being, they could only record in the summer.. While the kids were not in school. If you know anything about Dallas they have consecutive 100 degree weather days. So kudos to the actors, because they truly acted as if they weren’t burning from the heat. Once the owners of the home grew tired of the crowds, they sold the mansion for tourist reasons. Now you can visit the mansion for tours throughout the year. The property is also used for special events.
Check out my video of my time there.