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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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  • My hubby is a Police officer, so this was a must do on our tour of Texas. I have to say myself and our children also enjoyed the trip. They had a little scavenger hunt to keep the kids interested and ...  more »
  • We like guns, so this place was great for us. They have an unbelievable collection of Ranger guns and the guns used by Bonnie and Clyde. If you're not into guns, this might not be the place for you.  more »
  • Lots of Texas Rangers information and Rangers memorabilia. Tons of stuff to see. Old guns, pictures, uniforms, etc.  more »
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  • Wonderful Hall of Fame! .... I enjoyed every moment spent there... The film was VERY interesting & educational... I could have spent all day there... All the exhibits were outstanding..TEXAS FRIENDLY STAFF..... TEXAS PROUD! .... Good discount admission price for seniors to boot!
  • MY FAMILY AND I VISITED IN APRIL FROM LOUISIANA AND LOVED THE ENTIRE MUSEUM. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO LEARN HOW THE RANGERS WAS STARTED AND HOW THEY PLAYED A MAJOR ROLL IN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS. THIS WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR VACATION. I LOOK FORWARD TO VISITING THE RANGER HALL OF FAME AGAIN NEXT YEAR WHEN WE RETURN FOR MY BROTHERS WEDDING RENEWAL IN APRIL......AWESOME MUSEUM.
  • What a great way to learn some history. Everyone should visit. You can even look up your own ancestors in a separate section if you have the information. And they collect and add on all the time. Wonderful job!
  • Definitely a nice set up. It looks much smaller from the road then it actually is. It is packed with numerous exhibits and areas. Well put together and very informative!
  • Very interesting exhibit featuring the long, storied history of the Texas Rangers. From the early days before the Texas bar came a nation and then a state. Special exhibits on Bonnie & Clyde, including some of the guns that were used by them and during their ambush. The movie they showed even went into a few of the "dark" times for the Rangers so isn't just a cheerleading presentation.