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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

Muleshoe Country Club

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

Caprock Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Isaac McCormick Pioneer Cottage

Restored home of area's first settler, built in 1899. Furnished in pioneer style displaying artifacts from 1890s. Inquire loc...

Texas Air Museum, Caprock Chapter

The museum exists to pre serve, restore, and present a balanced view of historic aircraft and artifacts that represen...