Ranger in Eastland County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Ten daily trains brought in prospectors packed in the aisles or on tops of coaches. Ranger’s dozen or so houses became a city of drillers, suppliers, oil company offices. Living quarters were so scarce that not only were beds of day-tour men occupied by the graveyard-tour men, but overstuffed chairs were also rented for sleeping. Food was hard to get and prices were high. For two rainy years, Ranger was a sea of mud. A sled taxied people across streets, or a man in hip boots carried them piggyback. However, money was plentiful, and forces of vice moved in. After five murders occured in one day, law officers arrested many criminals and expelled gamblers and vagrants.
Ranger’s success overshadowed its troubles. It is said to
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4287.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1917.
Location. 32° 28.192′ N, 98° 40.786′ W. Marker is in Ranger, Texas, in Eastland County. Marker is on S. Commerce Street south of Main Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ranger TX 76470, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Well Number 19 (a few steps from this marker); The Bankhead Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Oil Well Drilled in Eastland County (within shouting distance of this marker); Ranger Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Ranger Municipal Airport (approx. one mile away); Merriman Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away); Merriman Baptist Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Bankhead Highway Through Eastland County (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ranger.
Also see . . . Ranger, TX. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Online Handbook of Texas”. (Submitted on September 24, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.