During my first trip to Waco in 1995, my mother and I ventured over to the Texas Ranger Museum, where we were treated to a wonderful trip into the History of Texas, and how the wonderful protectors of Texas known as the Texas Rangers were formed and still today have such control over this state/nation :)
One of the portions of the museum that my mother especially liked was the section dedicated to the women of the Texas Rangers.
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum has over 14,000 items that commemorate and preserve the history of the Texas Rangers the oldest state law enforcement agency in the country and an indelible symbol of the old west. The museum area has displays of badges, guns, tack, crimes and investigative techniques, statues, paintings, photos and more. Look for the weapons and possessions of the notorious crime duo Bonnie and Clyde. Tour the hall of fame and see displays to 30 Texas Rangers that lost their lives in the line of duty and/or served with distinction. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and military, $3 for kids 6 to 12, and kids under 5 are free.
In addition to the museum displays and the hall of fame; this is a training facility and an event hall. The John Knox Memorial Center is available for special events, there is a training area for law enforcement professionals from around the country and there are several interesting historical markers, statues and other items on the grounds. See the anniversary marker from 1998 which commemorates the 175th anniversary of the Texas Rangers and holds a time capsule to be opened in 2098; the statue "Texas Ranger" sculpted by Don Hunt; and a statue of Major George B. Erath a surveyor, ranger and statesman who is considered the father of Waco.
The Texas Rangers became more famous internationally through the TV show "Walker, Texas Ranger" starring Chuck Norris. There is a special display in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum dedicated to the show and Norris.
Texas Rangers Museum and Hall of Fame is built near the site of the original Texas Ranger fort which was established in 1837. The museum complex displays commemorative history and the heritage of the famed Texas Rangers - the oldest state law enforcement agency in the nation and the symbol of Texas.
Within the complex is the Homer Garrison Museum, the Hall of Fame and the Moody Texas Ranger Memorial Library. There is a famous collection of guns and weapons from the Old West, Indian artifacts and Western art as well as books, photo and oral histories related to the Texas Rangers.
Museum open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m