“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Ranger, Texas Historical Markers

Bankhead Highway Through Eastland County Marker in context image, Touch for more information
By QuesterMark, April 16, 2016
Bankhead Highway Through Eastland County Marker in context
Texas (Eastland County), Ranger — 18214 — Bankhead Highway Through Eastland County
Early 20th century development of the automobile led to major road system improvements throughout the United States. Senator John H. Bankhead of Alabama sponsored the 1916 Federal Aid Road Act, which supplied matching funds to states to upgrade . . . — Map (db m93962) HM
Texas (Eastland County), Ranger — 11853 — Merriman Baptist Church
Local Baptists met in private homes for many years between the nomination of Merriman as the county seat in 1874 and the organization of the Merriman Baptist Church in 1892. The charter members were Edmond Duncan, Fannie Duncan, Josie Duncan, Ozella . . . — Map (db m97768) HM
Texas (Eastland County), Ranger — 3347 — Merriman Cemetery
According to local tradition this site was established as a community graveyard about 1873, the year Eastland County was organized and one year prior to the community of Merriman’s selection as county seat. Although there are many unmarked . . . — Map (db m97769) HM
Texas (Eastland County), Ranger — 13715 — Ranger Municipal Airport
The Texas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division lists this field as the third oldest operating airport in the state. The earliest documentation for an airplane landing in Ranger was on November 24, 1911, when Robert G. Fowler landed his . . . — Map (db m98129) HM
Texas (Eastland County), Ranger — Ranger Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Larry J. Rodgers KIA - 17 March 68 Vietnam Combat Veterans 1959-1975 Melvin J. Alexander • Jerry Anderson • James L. Barnes • Fred M. Barrett • John Barrett, Jr. • Charles E. Bonney • Billy C. Brister • A. Rankin Britt • Phillip . . . — Map (db m98395) WM
Texas (Eastland County), Ranger — 4287 — Roaring Ranger
Boom of high excitement and strategic importance. When oil demand was high during World War I, Texas Pacific Coal Company General Manager W.K. Gordon, a believer in deep drilling, persuaded his company to make the venture that started Ranger’s oil . . . — Map (db m98130) HM
Texas (Eastland County), Ranger — 1804 — Site of First Oil Well Drilled in Eastland County
The J.H. McCleskey No. 1 Discovery Well of the Ranger Pool was drilled by Warren Wagner under the supervision of W.K. Gordon of the Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company, July 2 - October 17, 1917. Initial production was three million feet of gas. . . . — Map (db m98133) HM
Texas (Eastland County), Ranger — The Bankhead Highway
The Bankhead National Highway, from Washington, D.C. to San Diego, California, was the nation’s first all-weather, coast-to-coast highway. The southern road skirted the western mountains and was largely free from ice and snow, so it could be used . . . — Map (db m98132) HM
Texas (Eastland County), Ranger — Well Number 19
This standard cable tool rig and pumping unit came from the Ranger McCleskey Sand Unit, Well Number 19, located approximately 3 miles west of Ranger, Texas. This well was drilled by John Markham in September 1919. It was completed at a depth of 3459 . . . — Map (db m98131) HM

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