Ranger Exes Memorial - Ranger, Texas Attractions in Ranger

Southern Air Station SOUTHERN AIR CAFE & TRUCK STOP SERVICE STATION - renovated and located at Interstate 20 (Exit 349) & Loop 254 in Ranger. MUSEUMS Roaring Ranger Museum ROARING RANGER MUSEUM - located in the old T&P train depot building next to the railroad tracks in downtown Ranger at 121 South Commerce Street. The museum features photos and artifacts from the roaring times of Ranger. There is an Exes room with pictures from Ranger High School. No admission charge. Photos Medical Museum MEDICAL MUSEUM - local physician Luther R. Gohlke M.D., who retired in 2002 after 42 years of service to the community, and his wife Patricia, have established the Medical Museum Etc. which exhibits medical artifacts dating to Dr. Gohlke's grandfather's practice in the late 1890s. He enjoys relating stories about every item in this interesting museum. Beyond his service to the community as a Medical Doctor, he was on the RISD School Board for a number of years in the 1960s and 1970s as well as other civic and community endeavors. The museum is located at 118 W. Main, call for appointment at 254-647-1155. Ruth Terry Denney Library RUTH TERRY DENNEY LIBRARY & RESEARCH CENTER - located at IS-20 (Exit 349) to Loop 254 in Ranger. HISTORICAL PLACES J. H. McCleskey No. 1 Discovery Well of the Ranger Pool (two miles south of Ranger) Oil gushed from the derrick top of this exploratory well on October 19, 1917. It took four weeks before it could be brought under control. The McCleskey No. 1 well produced 16000 barrels of oil a day and started the biggest oil boom in the world. (First Oil Well Drilled in Eastland County) - historical marker. Historical Main St. - downtown Ranger First United Methodist Church building (1920) Ranger Post Office Ranger Post Office - historical marker & located near downtown. Inside the post office is a mural painted in 1939 by artist Emil Bisttram. It portrays the early days of Ranger before the oil boom and titled "The Crossroads Town". St. Rita's Catholic Church building (1920) Young School building (1921) PLACES OF INTEREST OUT OF THE PAST - antique mall located in historical Terrell Building on North Rusk Street in downtown Ranger RANGER COLLEGE EVENTS IN RANGER CHRISTMAS PARADE - annual lighted parade in downtown Ranger held the first FRIDAY following the week of Thanksgiving at night time. OLD TIME COUNTRY FESTIVAL - is usually held in June. The fun begins at 7:00 AM with a Cowboy breakfast, continuing throughout the day with music, food , & concessions. It is held on the grounds of the Research Library at Interstate 20 (Exit 349) & Loop 254 in Ranger. RANGER AIRSHOW & FLY-IN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND - held at the historic Ranger Airport. RANGER EXES HOMECOMING - held every two years in the fall during the football homecoming. The reunion includes all Ranger High School classes. The event starts on Friday before the football game and continue until late Saturday. There are meetings, parade, cowboy breakfast, and class picture taking. (next reunion is in 2016) Roaring Ranger Rodeo ROARING RANGER RODEO - held annually in July at the Ranger Rodeo Arena. It features ladies breakaway roping, barrel racing, bareback riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, bull-riding, parade, crowning rodeo queen, and dance. This event was first started back in July of 1946. ROARING RANGER DAY - held in September of each year.