Ranger, Texas

When oil boom towns are recalled, Ranger often leads the list. It was a quiet rural community established near a Texas Ranger camp in the 1870s. In October 1917, a gusher blew in and touched off one of the greatest booms in petroleum history. World War I demand for oil was at an all-time high. The lure of instant riches was irresistible and the town erupted with every kind of frenzied activity. In one year the population exploded from 1,000 to 30,000. Small farmers became millionaires. Four railroads raced to complete lines and one railroad's receipts jumped from $94,000 to $8,000,000 in two years.

As in most instances, the boom was short-lived and today there is no evidence of that bigger-than-life era. Oil activity is evident in orderly fields, while farming and ranching is the major interest of area citizens.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Ranger, TX

Memphis Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Silent Wings Museum

Dedicated to the history of the World War II military glider program. Exhibits will feature training and combat experiences i...

Wildcat Bluff Nature Center

More than 600 acres of rolling grassland with nature trails, wildflowers, knee-high grasses and huge cottonwood trees. Outsta...

Museum of Texas Tech University

Exhibits cover the broad range of arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences with emphasis on study of arid and ...

Post Office Mural

National and Post Office history depicted in 6- by 10-foot mural of postage stamps. Seven years and some 12,000 stamps were r...