STARTING TOUR Updated: 09/16/2006 Imagine yourself driving along old U.S. Highway 80 either from the east or the west, roughly paralleling the railroad tracks. The highway is rather busy not only with passenger cars and farm trucks but also large trucks of all shapes and sizes as this is a time prior to the advent of the interstate system. Then this southern route, cross-country highway was still a major carrier of both produce and people from coast to coast. Not experiencing the intense, helter-skelter rush of the boomtown beginning before 1920 that it once was, Ranger is still a scene of much activity, especially on Saturdays. For a quick overview of the downtown commercial center, turn and cross the railroad tracks onto Main Street and proceed west.
Inevitably your eyes first notice the oil derrick in the middle of the intersection of Main and Commerce. A relic of the past, it stands primarily as a memorial to another time period as well as place to make a U-turn on the red brick pavement. Glancing up the street, one can see cars parked at an angle all up and down the entire four blocks. Parking meters are used to encourage people to share the space and time wisely. It is easy to notice that banks, department stores, drug stores, and other smaller businesses line both sides of the street. Toward the core of the city at Austin Street are two large hotels followed by a bowling alley and a grand movie theater. There is a coffee shop where a quick meal is readily available to both the traveler or local citizen. Proceeding, in a low gear up Main Street, it is impossible not to note the clicking sound of the tires on the brick pavement. We suggest parking somewhere near the western edge of the business section, if necesary, on the side street of Marston so that in this virtual tour, you can begin on foot to walk back down Main, recalling each business. As necessary, take your time on this walk. You may return and click on any block or street in the map to continue your nostalgic journey. If the text is off your screen to the right, you can move the tour map over to the left. End Tour