Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Texas Rangers and the Fence Cutters
Before 1875 in Texas, cattle roamed over thousands of acres of public land, and free grazing became a tradition. After 1875, however, an increasing farm populace tended to protect crops and other property with barbed wire fences which were resented by stockraisers. Cattle losses in drouths of the 1880s provoked such widespread cutting of fences that the Texas government recognized this as a crime and in 1884 enacted laws and measures to curb the practice.
Texas Rangers were dispatched by the governor at the call of county judges and sheriffs to apprehend the fence cutters. They operated from the Red River to the Rio Grande, and from the panhandle to the pine woods of east Texas. Disguise and concealment were required, and one of the Rangers who won praise, for his work pronounced it the most disagreeable duty in the world. The vigorous effort went on for some years. Finally, however, stockmen who had wanted to restore the open range were won over to fencing their own lands and using windmills to water their cattle herds. The Texas Rangers had in one more instance helped to stabilize life in the west.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Law Enforcement. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
Location. 31° 33.321′ N, 97° 7.137′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is at the intersection of Texas Ranger Trail and North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, on the right when traveling north on Texas Ranger Trail. The marker is located on the Texas Ranger Trail by the parking lot and next to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco TX 76706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waco (here, next to this marker); The Original Fort Fisher (within shouting distance of this marker); First Street Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Thomas Hudson Barron (about 300 feet away); General Richard Harrison (about 300 feet away); 143rd Infantry 36th Division Memorial (about 300 feet away); Samuel Johan Forsgard (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
Also see . . . Fence Cutting.
Fence cutting in Texas in the summer and fall of 1883 was a part of the conflict between landless(Submitted on July 25, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 25, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.