Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum, Waco, Tx

Jun 22

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum, Waco, Tx

When you hear Texas Rangers, you either think of the baseball team or the Texas Rangers elite detective force within the state. This museum honors the latter.

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The Texas Rangers today are a division of the department of safety. They handle the detective work on cases involving kidnapping, terrorism, and organized crime, etc. They assist local law enforcement whenever needed.

The rangers started out protecting the lands from raids by Native Americans and Mexico. Stephen Austin called out for ten men to act as rangers to protect the Tejas territory. These men are the beginnings of the Texas Rangers.

Stephen F Austin

Stephen F Austin

The museum and hall of fame takes the visitor back through the hundreds of years of history and the mythology of the Texas Rangers and old west. There was always a code a man followed when he was called a Texas Ranger and that code stands today. The Rangers were reorganized several times over the years, and if a man was found to have not honored that code he was released from his company.

Badges of the Texas Rangers

Badges of the Texas Rangers

The Rangers were instrumental in capturing bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. They also captured several kidnappers and dangerous criminals.

Capturing Bonnie and Clyde

Capturing Bonnie and Clyde

Early saddle and blankets

Early saddle and blankets

The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum delves deeply into the history of the rangers and how they’ve become the stuff of western legends. There’s even a room devoted to their portrayal on film, on TV, and in books and magazines. The legends and history of the rangers coincide with the history of Colt firearms and other manufacturers. As you move through the rooms in the museum you move through the history of Texas itself.

The Texas Ranger creed comes from Captain Bill McDonald from Company B. His motto was, “No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a-comin’.”

Texas Rangers stand out from law enforcement in that they don’t wear a uniform. Their dress today is typically a button-down white shirt and a white hat with a silver star badge. As of 2014, there are only 150 commissioned members of the ranger force. Texas Rangers are recruited from the Department of Safety. An officer has to have eight years of law enforcement experience. Applicants are rigorously tested with both written and oral examinations.

If you’re a fan of western mythology, history, crime solving or even a fan of TV shows like Walker, Texas Ranger or the Lone Ranger, you’ll enjoy this museum. There was so much to see and learn about we didn’t have a chance to go through it all. Definitely get there in time to see the film produced by The History Channel.

Details:

Admission is $7 with discounts for children, seniors and military. The museum is open from 9am – 5pm with the last visitors coming through at 4:30. The museum is located off I-35 in Waco, and right now (June 2016) there is heavy construction in that area. Check the website and local traffic notices for any road closures and detours. The construction is expected to go on through August 2016.

The museum is ground floor with wide aisles and doors for handicapped accessibility. The film is in the rotunda area. Chairs are typical but there is room for a wheelchair to sit in the back or to the side to see the film.

Have you been to the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame? Have you ever wanted to be a Texas Ranger? Let me know in the comments.

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