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Celebrating the Texas Rangers Bicentennial

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Celebrating the Texas Rangers Bicentennial


The Texas Rangers have a rich and storied history that dates back to before Texas was a Republic. In 2023, the Texas Ranger Division celebrates its bicentennial, marking two centuries of service to the citizens of Texas. This milestone provides an opportunity to reflect on the history of the Rangers and their role in shaping the state.

The Texas Rangers were originally formed in 1823 as a volunteer militia tasked with defending settlers from bandits and Indian raids. They were officially recognized as a law enforcement agency in 1835 and have been a key part of Texas law enforcement ever since. Over the years, the Rangers have been involved in a wide range of activities, from protecting settlers to serving as a military force to investigating crimes ranging from murder to political corruption.

Throughout their history, the Texas Rangers have become legendary for their toughness, bravery, and dedication to justice. They have played a key role in many of the most significant events in Texas history, including the fight for independence from Mexico, the Civil War, and the battles against outlaws and bandits. They have also played a vital role in protecting the state’s natural resources and wildlife, as well as investigating major crimes such as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas on a horse in a field during Company B field maneuvers on April 28, 1944 in Marshall, Texas. (Right)

As the Texas Rangers celebrate their bicentennial in 2023, it is important to remember their contributions to the state and to honor the sacrifices made by those who have served. This celebration will be a time to reflect on the legacy of the Rangers and to look forward to the future, as the division continues to serve and protect the people of Texas.

The Texas Ranger 2023 organization is officially charged with commemorating, coordinating, and promoting the 200th anniversary of the Texas Rangers. This non-profit entity is a collaboration between the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Texas Department of Public Safety Foundation and the Texas Ranger Association Foundation. It is the only group acknowledged by the State of Texas to sanction official events surrounding the Rangers’ bicentennial. As such, a variety of events have been planned throughout the state to celebrate this milestone.

In conclusion, the Texas Rangers have been an important part of the state’s history for over two centuries, and their bicentennial is an occasion to celebrate!

For more information see Texas Ranger 2023

To purchase The Texas Rangers Official Commemorative Bicentennial Guide see

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