Ranger Historical Preservation Society, Inc.

“Preserving History for Tomorrow”

Festivals & Parades

Diamond Jubilee 


“Commemorating the 75th Birthday of Ranger,  TX 

Recorded histories reflect or imply a specific interest or attitude with regard to the past, some aspect of the past or events that touched peoples’ lives significantly. Historians, in order to preserve the information they consider important, must drudge through miles of official data to document events and then draw a word picture of these past times and verbally walk with those who helped change the course of events. Sometimes events that might otherwise have earned the attention of these chroniclers get lost in the shadows of larger events and go relatively unnoticed.

The happenings in and around Ranger, Texas have commanded less space in written histories than many other less significant events, in part because it occurred during World War I. Even though the oil taken from the Ranger field is said to have ‘won the war,’ and the oil taken from the Ranger field earned for its finders more money than the gold fields of California and Alaska, only those whose lives were directly affected are apt to remember that such a town actually exists.

The lives of many people have been touched in one way or another by events that occurred in or near Ranger, Texas. Travel to just about any part of this country and chances are you will meet someone who either lived in Ranger at one time, knows someone who lives or lived in Ranger, had an uncle (or other relative) who lived in Ranger or someone who went to college in Ranger.

Even Ranger’s own Walter Webb ignored the area when he wrote the history of the Texas Rangers. Some of the reasons for this omission is that many of the records were burned in a fire that destroyed the state capitol and the fact that during the time the Texas Ranger were encamped in our little valley there was no name with which to identify the place they had chosen. It was just another place along the western frontier, another camp from which the Rangers operated in their struggle with the Comanche Indians before Eastland County was established February 1, 1858.

That the Texas Rangers were present in this area there is no doubt. The early town that was referred to as Ranger Camp, grew up around the Ranger’s camp in the form of a small tent city. In 1880, when the railroad was being built, the present location was surveyed, the town moved and the word ‘camp’ dropped from the name.





RHPS organized the Annual Old Time Country Festival, a fund raiser held the first Saturday in June, the first being held June 1991. The proceeds from the fund raiser was used to assist with the cost of painting the Roaring Ranger Museum.

RHPS Organized and Sponsored the First Annual Night-Time Lighted Christmas Parade in 1996 working in concert with the Ranger Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

The Annual Night-Time Lighted Christmas Parade has been very successful and is now it’s 21st year.

RHPS Organized and Hosted the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in 1994 which commemorated the 75th year of Ranger’s Incorporation and the Ranger Oil Boom.  There was a parade and a reenactment of the Signing of the Charter of Ranger. The Confederate Air Force flew overhead in the “missing man formation” and RHPS publiched the Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Booklet with the expertise of Jay Bethany. A contest for designing the cover of the publication was held and Brother Kenneth Colegrove won the contest with the winning design you see in the top right hand corner and on Page 10 of this website.