BLOCK 2 - Main Street Tour Locate on map Let's not wander down any of the side streets just yet but cross Marston to what else, the Marston Building. Some say that during the Depression there was a grocery store in the first floor of this building. On the upper floors were apartments. Originally built during the height of the boom, it was thought of as a very elegant edifice and housed many offices of professionals on the upper floors. In this block at one time was a retail merchants association, sort of an equivalent of a modern day Better Business Bureau. Then came a beauty shop known as Luella's. These places are only vaguely recalled. In the Halbert Building were the city hall and jail, though his was not their original location. Children of this generation most likely recall a long line winding down the hallway of this building right after the Christmas parade so that they could briefly see Santa Claus and get some candy. Next came what would have been one of the most beautiful buildings of this time frame--the Arcadia Movie Theater built in 1927 and owned by Brann Garner. Some have described it as having been†the best such place between Fort Worth and El Paso. In March 1952 it burned on a Saturday afternoon shortly before it was scheduled to open for the Saturday matinee.
Next to the theater and before the bowling alley was a small, almost kiosk- like, confectionery. The A. C. Bowling Lanes must have seen lots of activity at its peak. There were six lanes, and young boys were paid a dime to reset pins. A line cost a quarter; shoes were a dime. You could sit in the gallery and watch others bowl or perhaps you could play a game of pinball.
Next to the A.C. Bowling Alley was the P & Q Realty Building, the oldest commercial building still standing in Ranger when it burned in June, 2003. For the purposes of our walking tour of Ranger in the 1950's, it seems that this location was mostly vacant, although some can remember that the corner portion was occupied much earlier by Jigg's Cafe and just west of the cafe was a barbershop owned and operated by Oscar Buntonís barbershop. End Tour