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TX – LE – Ranging the Frontier: The storied history of the Texas Rangers

From 1823 to the present day, a courageous group of men and women have been chosen to protect and serve the people of Texas. To this day, the Texas Rangers are the oldest statewide law enforcement agency in America. “Without the Texas Rangers, there would not be a state of Texas as we know today,” said Byron Johnson, Director of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas.

“They were protecting settlers as neighbors, helping neighbors, and now they are elite criminal investigators for the state,” said Christine Rothenbush, Marketing and Development Coordinator on behalf of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.? Nearly 200 years ago, Texas was a state of about 700 citizens. With no regular army to protect its citizens from Native Americans or other threats, Stephen F. Austin, known as the “Father of Texas,” formed the Rangers. He was contracted by the Mexican government to bring settlers in from what was consider the old South of the U.S., as well as Europe, to settle Texas. “The Rangers started because the government of Mexico was unable to provide any protection in the Northern Province of Mexico, which is what Texas was at the time,” said Johnson.?During the Texas Revolution, the Rangers were still serving as a militia company during the Battle of the Alamo. William Travis sent out an appeal, pleading for people to come in and reinforce the Alamo.? “About the only real recruits that came in were a ranging company from the town of Gonzales, and they rode into the Alamo shortly before it was closed for the battle, and unfortunately they all died in the battle at the Alamo,” said Johnson. “The youngest one of them was still in his teens at the time.” “They all died in the cause of Texas independence,” Johnson added.?[full article]

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