past summer, the 109 year old Former
Texas Rangers Association marked a historic milestone with the opening of
The Texas Ranger Museum located in the world famous
The Texas Ranger Museum occupies 8,000 square feet and creates a dynamic guest experience that depicts the vast history of the Texas Rangers. The museum is divided into three distinct venues. First, the Ranger Gallery begins the adventure by portraying the early history of the Rangers originating with Stephen F. Austin’s colony and the formation of the Ranger Force through the mid-1800’s. Next, guests enter Tales of the Texas Rangers, a gallery of fifteen displays each depicting a unique story that showcases the dynamic history of the Rangers. Exhibits featured in the Tales of the Texas Rangers will rotate periodically providing guests a new experience each time they visit the museum.
The final stop in the museum is
Frost Bank, L. Frank Saddlery, Charles Hummel Gun Shop, Hart’s Cigar Store and Albert’s Saloon are just a few of the historic merchants represented. Ranger Town will not only look like old San Antonio but sound like it as well with sound effects recreating the sounds of the era.
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Founded in 1936 as a part of the Texas Centennial, Memorial Hall
memorialized the history of the Pioneers, Trail Drivers and the Texas
Rangers. With access to only one-third of
the limited space, the Association board began looking at options to expand and
update the Ranger exhibit portion of the museum over six years ago.
“Memorial Hall has allowed us to
showcase our history for the past 70 years,” said retired Texas Ranger Captain
and FTRA President Dan North. “Now, as
the Association has grown and the current facility became outdated, we felt
compelled to explore another option for our memorabilia that will allow even
more people to share in the rich history and heritage of the Texas Rangers.”
The move to the Texas Ranger Museum
does just that. Averaging over
200,000 guests each year and located in the heart of the historic downtown
district, the Buckhorn location provides greater access to visitors and a
secure, climate controlled environment to protect the exhibits and artifacts.
“We are thrilled that the
The Association board was motivated
to move forward with this project due a recent development affecting the Texas
Ranger exhibit at Memorial Hall. The
City of San Antonio has granted the Witte Museum management rights to Memorial
Hall and plans are to make the venue a part of the Witte’s South Texas Cultural
Exhibit. While current plans are for the
Rangers to have a portion of this exhibit, the Association will be allotted a
substantially smaller display which will be unable to showcase a majority of
the memorabilia and artifacts.
“We believe that this joint venture
with the Buckhorn will be a great asset for the Association,” said North. “Not only will
the publicity and exposure be of great value to the Association, but the
revenue and multiple opportunities provided will serve us well.”
The Texas Ranger Museum, as the rest
of the Buckhorn exhibits, will be available for private events including the
May Reunion of the Association. Additionally,
the Association will have the opportunity to host educational activities and
special appearances throughout the year.
“I would like to personally invite
all Association members to stop by and see the
To Visit the Texas Ranger Museum, go to http://www.buckhornmuseum.com