Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum: 1-35 and University Parks Drive | PO Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702-2570 | (254) 750-8631
Ranger Hall of Fame
The HALL OF FAME is the State designated memorial of the Texas Ranger service, commemorating the service and sacrifices of 30 Texas Rangers who gave their lives in the line of duty or made significant contributions to development of the service.
Manuel Trazazas Gonzaullas
Gonzaullas was born in 1891 in Cádiz, Spain to a Spanish father and
Canadian mother who were naturalized U.S. citizens.
He served as a Mexican army major at age 20, worked five years for the
U.S. Treasury Department, and joined the Texas Rangers in 1920. During
the '20s and '30s, Gonzaullas enforced the law in the oil fields and
on the border. Known as "El Lobo Solo" (the Lone Wolf), he
pursued bootleggers, gamblers and drug runners alone.
In 1933, Governor Miriam Ferguson fired Gonzaullas
and other Texas Rangers. In response, the Texas Legislature created
the independent Department of Public Safety in 1935. Gonzaullas was
appointed Superintendent of the D.P.S. Bureau of Intelligence and
created a crime laboratory second only to that of the F.B.I. In 1940,
Gonzaullas resigned from the Bureau and rejoined the Rangers as Captain
of Company B in Dallas. After distinguished service, he retired in
1951, becoming a technical consultant for radio, motion pictures,
and television shows such as Tales of the Texas Rangers.
He helped found the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in 1968.
Captain Gonzaullas died in Dallas in 1977 at age
85, leaving his scrapbooks and personal papers to the Texas Ranger Hall
of Fame and Museum.