This city began as a Texas Ranger Camp in the mid-1870s. In October 1917, this farming community exploded with activity when the McClesky No. 1 blew oil so high it could be seen for miles. It's been called one of the greatest booms in the history of the petroleum industry, and even small farmers found themselves rich. But the boom was short lived.

Ranger is now a quiet community, home to Ranger College and the annual Eastland County PRCA Rodeo. There is an RV park for visitors.


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