The #TexasRanger#HallOfFame and #Museum in #Waco#Texas . The museum first opened in 1968. More than 3 million people have visited it since then. .
Texas Ranger #FunFacts :
1) The #rangers trace their roots to 1823 when Stephen F. #Austin , known as the #FatherOfTexas , employed 10 men to act as rangers to protect 700 newly settled families who arrived in Texas following the #MexicanWarOfIndependence . The Texas Rangers were formally constituted in 1835. By 1837, their numbers grew to more than 300.
2) Under the #RepublicOfTexas (1836-1846), they primarily fought against the #Cherokee and the #Comanche , who had supported the Mexicans against the Republic.
3) Many of the myths surrounding the Rangers originate in the post-#CivilWar era based on their success in capturing or killing notorious criminals including bank robber Sam Bass and gunfighter John Wesley Hardin.
4) In 1935, the Rangers were merged with the #TexasHighwayPatrol under a new agency called the Texas Department of Public Safety. Today, the Texas Rangers, who act as the state bureau of investigation, number just over 160.
5) The fictional character #TheLoneRanger was a former Texas Ranger, the sole surviving member of a six man #posse that included his older brother, a Texas Rangers captain.
6) The motto "One riot, one ranger" appears on the pedestal of the #Bronze Texas Ranger statute at #Dallas#LoveField airport. It is based on a phrase uttered by Ranger Captain William McDonald, who was sent to Dallas in 1896 to prevent an illegal heavyweight #prizefight .
7) 108 Rangers have died in the line of duty.
8) Numerous movies and TV shows have been based on the Rangers. The most famous is probably #WalkerTexasRanger .
"It was curious to note the position of the bodies encountered -- a characteristic sight to be observed on all fields -- nine out of ten were on their backs, with arms outstretched and feet pointing all round. Men shot in the head strike this attitude invariably. Men shot below the neck have one leg drawn up and their fingers are clenched. On few faces is there a look that might be called pain or anguish, nor do you find smiles or placidity.
Look into the faces of a hundred men killed in battle and you will find the same general expression, whether old or young. It is a look of surprise or fear -- this look rests on the faces of men killed in their tracks. The mortally wounded man may turn on his side to die, and you may find a man with a smile on his face who had time to breathe a prayer and think of his wife and children." - James E. Taylor, Special Artist, Frank Leslie's Illustrated News (Photo: @LibraryofCongress)
Marshall, NC - “a mile long and a block wide,” they say. It's an interesting town, squeezed in between two mountains and a river. The old high school (now and art studio-farmers' market - I bought the pickles on the left there) is on an island. I’m on the bridge. I'm pretty sure they missed some days of school due to flood. The courthouse is stunning (county seat) but above it looms some really nice houses built into the side of the mountain.