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Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Waco

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The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas, is the state-designated official historical center of the famed Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. It consists of the Homer Garrison, Jr. museum gallery, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, the Texas Ranger Research Center and the Headquarters of Texas Rangers Company "F". The City of Waco serves as the appointed trustee on behalf of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Legislature.LocationThe Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is located near Interstate Highway 35 Exit 335B in Waco, Texas.MissionThe mission of the nonprofit Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is to: Disseminate knowledge and inspire appreciation of the history, public service and ideals of the Texas Rangers, a legendary symbol of Texas and America; and Serve as state designated repository for artifacts and archives relating to the Texas Rangers.Institutional HistoryIn 1964 the Texas Department of Public Safety chartered the City of Waco, Texas, to construct and operate the official museum of the Texas Rangers. In return, the City of Waco agreed to commit 32acre for a building site, provide an ongoing annual operating subsidy, and build and sustain a headquarters for Texas Rangers Company "F". More than three million persons have visited the historical center since it opened in 1968.The museum complex was originally named Fort Fisher after an 1837 Ranger camp from which the City of Waco traces its origin. It was designed in a vernacular style of Texas hill country architecture reminiscent of a 19th-century Texas Ranger headquarters. The first museum gallery was named after Col. Homer Garrison, Jr. who served and later directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and its Texas Rangers division from 1938 to 1968.
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  • And, I mean there are lots of old guns in a good way! The displays are well-done and I learned a lot about Texas history from the movie. Great museum, don't miss it.  more »
  • Learned quite a bit about the challenges of taming the Texas frontier, from the vastness of the land to the bravado of the ranger, from the ideals to the realities. This museum wasn't afraid to share ...  more »
  • I loved the Museum. It was great to see the history of Texas as it circulated around the Rangers. The location is just off the interstate and next door to the visitors center. The cost to enter was re...  more »
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  • I have been to Waco many, many times and always wanted to visit the Texas Ranger Museum. Being in law enforcement, it always interesting to see where the Texas lawman began their roots to where we are today. I highly recommend giving this place a visit. Awesome little gift shop as well.
  • Really enjoyed the history of the Texas Rangers. Very clean!
  • Wonderful collection and displays. Well worth the visit.
  • It was fantastic. Totally worth the money.
  • Good history, very nice selection of guns to look at, military discount, worth going to.