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.
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is located near Interstate Highway 35 Exit 335B in Waco, Texas.
The 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.
In 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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  • The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum was very interesting. Also enjoyed the movie. It was also very easy to locate.  more »
  • My husband and I very much enjoyed this museum. Plan about 2 hours to see everything. The 45 minute movie was quite interesting.  more »
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  • We saw the water, walked through the walking trail while seeing all the beautiful and colorful rocks on the columns of the bridge, the lake looked beautiful and full of life even though it was night time. The bridge lights grabbed most of the attention with the passive blues and purples reflecting all over the water. We were able to see the McLane Stadium front entrance and some of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame statues. There were even picnic tables all over to sit down and enjoy the view that not many get to experience at night.
  • I was pumped to finally get to visit this place. There is so much to see and read and since we got there an hour and 45 mins before closing, we had to rush through quite a bit of it. We watched the video, and it was really nice to have some more perspective before reading through all of the displays. There are also some cool interactive displays, such as a pistol reload and assembly and other items of that nature. Wonderful museum overall, and if I have time in the future, I’ll have to stop by again.

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