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Texas Ranger History: Timeline - Special Investigations
- The Department of Public Safety begins operation with Tom Hickman
commissioned as Senior Ranger Captain. Capt. Hickman will later
serve as a member of the Public Safety Commission.
Texas Ranger Dub Naylor and child in front of
Co. B Headquarters
in Fair Park, Dallas
celebrates its Centennial at Fair Park in Dallas.
of the fair is the Company B Texas Rangers headquarters building
and the world premiere of King Vidor's movie The Texas Rangers.
- Despite U.S. neutrality, Capt. Frank Hamer and 49 retired Texas
Rangers offer their services to the King of England to defend their
shores against Nazi invasion. The U.S. State Department is not amused.
The King thanks Capt. Hamer and the retired Rangers for their offer.
war, rumors that "Rangers" will infiltrate Nazi Germany
causes concern in the Reich. The rumors were based on tales of U.S.
Army Ranger commandos, but so famous are the Texas Rangers that
the Gestapo and Ministry of Propaganda assume that they will face
World War II, Army Criminal Intelligence Division officers train
with the Texas Rangers at the DPS headquarters in Austin.
Capt. M.T. "Lonewolf" Gonzaullas
"Phantom Killer" murders five young people in Texarkana,
After the third murder, Texas Ranger Captain M. T. Gonzaullas is
called in to head the investigation. Although he will follow hundreds
of leads, no arrest is made. The case is still open, although the
prime suspect dies in a rest home many years later.
Texas Department of Public Safety builds a new campus in Austin
including administrative offices and training facilities. The
Texas Rangers acquire their first airplane.
Ranger Capt. Bob Crowder peacefully resolves a hostage situation
at the Rusk Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
turmoil of the 1960s, Texas Rangers are ordered to investigate
and police strikes at the Lone Star Steel Plant and to control
labor unrest among migrant workers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Following civil rights lawsuits, policy is changed so that Texas
Rangers are employed in criminal investigations, not sent to police
Col. Homer Garrison Texas Ranger Museum is opened in Waco as the
official Texas Department of Public Safety museum for the Texas
Rangers. Entertainer Danny Thomas and Gunsmoke star James
Arness attend the opening.
and two other prisoners take over the library and educational
facility at the Walls Unit at the state prison in Huntsville.
Ranger Captains Rogers and Burks lead an assault to free the hostages.
celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Rangers in 1973, the
State Legislature creates the Texas Ranger Commemorative Commission
with goal of raising funds to build a Texas Ranger Hall of Fame
at the Texas Ranger museum in Waco.
The facility is dedicated in 1976 and as the Official Texas State
Hall of Fame for the Texas Rangers and renamed The Texas Ranger
Hall of Fame and Museum.
Ranger Bobby Doherty is killed during a drug raid in Denton,
Texas. He is later inducted into the Texas Ranger Hall of
Sgt. Stan Guffey
Stanley Guffey is killed saving the life of a child during a kidnapping.
He is later inducted into the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.
begin an investigation into the deaths of four ATF agents following
the attempted execution of a search warrant at the Branch Davidian
Compound at Elk Texas, near Waco.
Texas Rangers will later conduct a follow-up investigation at
the request of the assistant U.S. Attorney in Waco. Investigations
and trials related to the tragedy will extend into 2000.
Capt. Barry Caver
Rangers commanded by Capt. Barry Caver conduct hostage negotiations
with the Republic of Texas, a militant political organization which
claims Texas is still an independent nation. Texas Rangers are able
to secure the release of all hostages and negotiate the surrender
of most of those involved.
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is named the Official State
Repository for Texas Ranger memorabilia by the state legislature.
anniversary of the Texas Ranger Service is commemorated by the
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.
Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Sgt. Matt Cawthon, Left,
Sgt. Drew Carter, Right
Angel Maturino Resendez
manhunt for accused serial murderer Angel Maturino Resendez is launched
by the FBI. An investigation by Ranger Sergeants Drew Carter and
Brian Taylor of Company A result in Resendez' surrender in El Paso
Sgt. Matt Cawthon of Company F, U.S. Postal Inspector R.C. "Bob"
Adams and Bellmead, Texas Detective Thomas Noble end a widespread
child pornography ring and receive Officer of the Year awards from
Congress, the Department of Justice and the Fraternal Order of Police,
and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
century in which the Texas Rangers will serve begins with the
Rangers at an authorized strength of 107 and Senior Captain Bruce
Casteel in command.
Col. Paul Lockhart, pilot of Space Shuttle mission STS-111, takes a Texas Ranger badge into orbit in honor of the 180th anniversary of the Texas Rangers (in 2003).