Ranger Historical Preservation Society, Inc.

“Preserving History for Tomorrow”


McCleskey No. 1

Ranger Hall of Fame

RTD Library-Research

Heritage Center

Visitor Center

Ol' Town

Historical Markers

Festivals & Parades



McCleskey Controversy

Editorial Comments 2


Known As

The Boom

That Won the War


In October 1917, the oil company completed a well on the J H McCleskey farm, one mile southwest of Ranger. The well came in as gusher making 1,600 barrels high gravity oil daily and was the discovery well which started the rush to Ranger and brought about the development of one of the greatest oil fields in the country.




The purpose of the society is to research and preserve the history of Ranger, Eastland County Texas and the surrounding area. Goals of the group are to research and preserve historical sites and buildings, apply for and secure markers for sites and building where appropriate, and using their resources in the Society’s Ruth Terry Denny Library Research Center, help others in their research.



¨ President:  Jeane Pruett

¨ Vice President:  Clinton Eaton

¨ Secretary:  Donna Thackerson

¨ Treasurer:  Jonnie Goodwin

¨ Troy Emery

¨ Wendy Erwin

¨ Stan Harper (Deceased)

¨ Mike Hennech

¨ Gina Hopwood

¨ Wanda Isbell

¨ Marinell Miller

¨ Joe Sigler

¨ Norma Taylor

¨ Cletis Williamson

¨ Larry Williamson (Deceased)





1505 West Loop 254

P O Pox 320

Ranger, Texas 76470

Phone:  254-647-5353

Fax:  254-647-3824

Email:  rhps@txol.net


1/2 Mile East on I-20 at Exit 349





Ranger, texas



October 22 1990:

¨ Incorporated Central Texas Historical and Genealogical Preservation, Inc. dba Ranger Historical Preservation Society, Inc.

April 1993:

¨ Officially Organized

¨ Completed By-Laws with 15 Directors

¨ Obtained 501(c)3 status with IRS       retroactive to Charter in 1990







Email RHPS: rhps@txol.net

Ranger Historical Preservation Society meets on the THIRD Monday of each month, 5:30 p.m. at 1505 West Loop 254 at the Ruth Terry Denny Research Library. If you are interested in the history of Ranger and working with a membership who enjoys preserving and keeping Ranger’s History alive please feel free to join us.