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Southfork Ranch is a conference and event center located in Parker, Texas, U.S., about 25 mi (40 km) north of Dallas; it contains the Ewing Mansion, which was the setting for both Dallas television series—the original that aired from 1978 to 1991 on CBS, and its 2012–2014 continuation on TNT.
The house was built in 1970 by Joe Duncan and was known as Duncan Acres, named after his family.[clarification needed] The property was originally 200 acres (0.81 km2) in size. The "Mansion" at Southfork Ranch is actually a 5,900 sq ft (550 m2) house with a 957 sq ft (88.9 m2) enclosed garage that was turned into a den/card room.
The ranch appears in the television series Dallas. Exterior shots were filmed on location from 1978 until 1989, though Lorimar Productions also made a studio based mock up of the ranch's exterior (complete with swimming pool) in California in 1978 for use when the weather made it impractical to film on location in Texas. From 1989, the series' production shifted entirely to the studio based set in California. The reunion movies J.R. Returns (1996) and War of the Ewings (1998) returned to the ranch, along with the reunion special The Return to Southfork (2004). War of the Ewings in 1998 was the only time filming was done inside the real ranch for dramatic purposes (Return to Southfork in 2004 was a non-fiction retrospective, and not an episode of the series). Beginning in 2012, the series reboot again relied upon Southfork for exterior shooting.
The ranch is currently an event and conference center, owned by Forever Resorts. It is home to the KLTY-FM radio Christian concert Celebrate Freedom, held annually during the Independence Day celebration, and to the July 4, 2009 "America's Tea Party", which an organizer claimed drew an estimated crowd of 25,000 to 35,000 attendees.
A memorial service was held at the Southfork Ranch, and a book for fans to sign was set up in the J.R. Ewing room following the death of actor Larry Hagman (who starred as J.R. Ewing) in November 2012.