Tidbit about the Texas Rangers

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In 2010 Kensington released the fourth of our of anthologies written by sister filly, Linda Broday, Jodi Thomas, the late DeWanna Pace, and me. Following in the theme of the other anthologies, six in all, the name of this book is Give Me a Texas Ranger and of course sent us all into research mode about the history of the Texas Rangers.

In 2008, Linda and I even went to the Texas Ranger Museum and Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas.  This is a picture of the Writing the Ranger exhibit during our research.

TR Hall of Fame Exhibit Before

Below is the same exhibit 2 years later.  I bet you can see the difference.  This exhibit, of course, is changed out so I doubt we’re still there along with The Lone Ranger, Lonesome Dove, and Elmer Kelton but needless to say just seeing it there regardless of how long it was on exhibit was one of our milestones.


Needless to say,  I love tidbits of history, particularly the legendary Texas Rangers, so it seems fittin’ to share some of the things I’ve learned. 

Since 1823, the Texas Rangers have represented the highest ideals of Texas and America to admirers around the world. Individually, they are some of the most colorful heroes in American history. Together, they brought peace to an untamed frontier, and in the process became one of the most famous and respected crime-fighting forces anywhere.

Hitler and the Texas RangersThe name “Rangers” is synonymous with the Texas Rangers, and never was it more clear than during WWII. On August 19, 1942, three Commando units of the British 2nd Canadian Division landed in France. The purpose was to create an illusion of a major invasion and force Hitler to halt troops bound for the Russian front. However, somewhere along the line the British Commandos became the Texas Rangers. Apparently the confusion came with leaks that a special American combat unit, the legendary U.S. Army Rangers, who were modeled after the successful British Commandos, had invaded. Hitler was rumored to have watched Amerikanische westliche Filme (American westerns), and only knew of the Texas Rangers who were depicted in American movies played in European theaters during the 20’s and 30’s. As a result, the only American “Rangers” known to Hitler were heroic men in white hats, who single-handedly cleaned up entire towns with blazing guns.  Ironically, the Texas Rangers did volunteer to go to Europe but were not allowed to do so by our military. For a short period of time, thanks to rumor, the legend of the Texas Rangers offered hope to the residents of occupied France, two years before the Allies successfully landed on the beaches of Normandy.

Texas Ranger uniform.  Before the 1950’s there was no official uniform, although someTexas Ranger Hat companies tried to administer the coordination of outfits that proved unpopular. Traditionally, Texas Ranger clothing is conservative western attire, specifically with white or tan hats, cowboy boots, white western cut shirt, tie, pants and belt.  But there is one requirement. A Ranger must wear an “appropriate” Texas Ranger hat, which is light-colored and shaped in a businessman’s style, commonly called the Rancher or Cattleman. Brims must not exceed 4 inches or be flat with edges rolled up. Hats excessively crushed, rolled, or dipped are not acceptable.  The elite lawmen own both a quality straw and a felt hat to be worn as determined by the weather or assignment.

The Texas Rangers and the Alamo. In answer to Col. Travis’ request for assistance in defending the Alamo, a party of Texas Rangers responded. The Gonzales Ranging Company of Mounted Volunteers answered the call, fought, and died alongside the other defenders of the Alamo.

In western historical romances, Texas Rangers make a terrific hero because of the qualities they are known for. I have to admit, I love ‘um too, although my favorites to write are crusty ol’ retired Ranger sidekicks. In my newest contemporary romance, needless to say my hero and heroine have a Texas Ranger connection. “Out of a Texas Night” eBook from Kensington is due out in late summer or early fall. It’s the third in the Kasota Springs Romance series.

Whether it’s television, movies, or books, who is your favorite Texas Ranger?


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To one reader who leaves a comment, I will send you the choice of a copy of Give Me a Texas Ranger signed by all four authors or a eBook copy of The Troubled Texan.

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28 thoughts on “Tidbit about the Texas Rangers”

  1. I’m sure I have seen or read about Texas Rangers before but my favorite has to be Chuck Norris on “Walker, Texas Ranger”. I still watch it whenever it is on in reruns.

    Thank you for the interesting post as well. I never knew about the Texas Rangers and Hitler. Interesting.

    Have a blessed day!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    • Cindy, thanks for stopping by. I think about everyone loves Chuck Norris. No doubt he’ll be the #1 Ranger story, but there are so many more “real ones” that people don’t know about. Got your name in the hat for today’s drawing! Have a great day. Hugs, Phyliss

  2. Hi Phyliss! Love your blog. That was really exciting to get our anthology into the Texas Ranger Museum and Hall of Fame! Very thrilling. I wonder if it’s still there. Maybe we should go see?

    That story about Hitler makes me laugh. Hard to imagine their fame reaching to Germany. Or North Korea for that matter. Even while those leaders tried and are still trying to destroy America they’re enamored by our movies and TV shows.

    And my heart still swells with pride when I see a Texas Ranger today. They still adhere to the Code of the West.

    Hugs dear friend!

    • Hi fellow filly and friend, Linda. Thanks for dropping by. I love the story about Hitler, too. I agree that we need to make a trip to Waco, but not until the rains subside. I know we can both attest to the fact that if anybody wants to know more about Texas the museum and hall of fame is a must visit. It’s just so interesting. Okay, since you have a book coming out before me, need a booksigning scheduled in the area of Waco, so we can check out the museum. Remember when the Rangers came around where we were parked and circled our car? That was fun. Many folks don’t know that the Rangers are now a part of the Texas Highway Patrol and with the way they dress, you can pick out a Ranger a mile away. Makes my heart throb! Have a great day and I’ll see you in an hour or so for lunch … best part of you moving to the Panhandle! Love, P

  3. What I have read about texas rangers is that way back when they first formed life was tough for the guys. Not great pay and hard work but most men loved it.

    • Hi Kim, thanks for stopping by. You are so right, at first the Rangers were a group of rather unorganized lawmen who fought at the Alamo, plus many other things. They were always gutsy, and respected, although every now and then there was a “free range” Ranger. I love everything about the Texas Rangers whether they followed the rules or veered the path a little. I’ve got your name in the Stetson for tonight’s drawing. Hugs from Texas, Phyliss

  4. i also loved watching Walker Texas Ranger,,i just dont understand why we cant get good shows like that again,,and loved the post very informative and interesting

  5. Good to see you, Vickie. I’m with you about making good ol’ Westerns like Walker, Texas Ranger, again. I respect all generas but some of the things they have on TV now are a little too 21st Century for me. LOL I still love a good ol’ Western with or without a Texas Ranger! Big hugs and got you in for the drawing. Hugs, Phyliss

  6. I’m with Cindy! “Walker, Texas Ranger”, is still the best! My hubby & I watch it together whenever it comes on reruns! Your anthology looks fantastic, Phyllis!

    • Thanks, Marie. Walker is running in first place and it’s on cable TV all of the time. Can’t get enough of Chuck Norris. If you haven’t read any of our anthologies, I hope you will. Some of them have either been up for major awards and/or won awards, including making three of the four of us USA Today and NY Times Bestselling Authors. Of course, Jodi Thomas, has been there more times than we can count. I’ve got your name in the Stetson, so hope you win. Hugs, Phyliss

  7. That’s one of the reasons I love these type of stories – you do all the research and we get to hear it put into a wonderful story. I really enjoy learning this way!

    • Hi catslady. Good to hear from you. You’ve probably heard me say this before, if I could have the perfect writing job, I believe it’d be research. I’ve always loved history, especially Texas history. I do way too much research sometimes. Have a great day, my friend. Hugs, Phyliss

  8. I like Walker, Texas Ranger, but I also like the very short lived series that was on TV last year about a woman Texas Ranger….for the life of me I can’t remember the title..

  9. Hi Phyliss, I always love learning new stuff about brave guys. Thanks for a terrific blog. I visited the Texas Rangers museum in San Antonio, and just loved its dioramas an dinformation. I had to buy Ranger star badges for my grandbaby and brother in law. Good memories! xo

    • Hi, sister filly Tanya. I have Ranger badges for my grandkids,too. The museum at the Buckhorn in San Antonio is great. My kids, who now live in CA, lived in SA for several years. That’s a wonderful museum for sure. Linda wants to go back to the Waco museum, so maybe if you come back to Texas, we can all go again. Hey, I’ll be in your neck of the woods probably in the fall, so we can still go to Solvang and catch up. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to read my blog and comment. I think every Filly are up to their hindquarters in writing right now, which is of course a probably we all try for. Big Texas hugs, Phyliss

    • Hi anon1001, good to see you. Chuck Norris is the forerunner for sure. Have a great day, my friend. Big Texas hugs, Phyliss

  10. Hi Phyliss! Great post. I learned a lot! My favorite Ranger is not a Texas one — it’s my brother who went through West Point and became an Army Ranger. I have always been so proud of him. Of course–back when he was a ranger he never told me what he was doing! It was always classified.That made me very curious and also quite miffed. But I understand it was for national security…

    • Hi Kathryn. Glad you stopped by and wrote a note. I totally agree. I know you’re proud of your brother going through West Point and becoming an Army Ranger. Please give him a hug from me because I love all of the Ranger, US and Texas, for protecting us day and night. A lot of people don’t realize that there are Arizona Rangers. I haven’t doubled checked, but to the best of my knowledge they are still in existence, although most people think of Texas when they think of a law enforcement Ranger. My husband was in the Viet Nam war (or conflict, as it was better known) and when we married a lot of years ago he told me one thing (and it was horrid) about what he went through and asked that I never bring the subject up. After all of these years, just a few months ago he told me something else that nearly knocked my socks off. I knew he was named outstanding student at Aberdeen, but didn’t know he was a candidate for OCS but turned it down. I know my D/H too well and know that was a good choice on his behalf. Again congrats to your brother and all of the brave men and women who make us safe by taking care of the nation’s security. Have a great evening. Big hugs to my sister Filly, P

  11. Phyliss, great blog! I love learning, and you always give me food for thought! One of our YA authors at Painted Pony Books has a series about a young ranger, Nate Stewart, who is taken into a Texas Rangers outfit after his family is killed. I just love that series! It’s not romance, but it’s really interesting reading for all ages.

    Always appreciate the information I get from your posts, dear friend!

    • Hi Cheryl, thanks for stopping by, sister Filly. I like the idea of a young ranger taken in my a company of rangers, sounds interesting, especially for the younger reader. Take care of yourself, my friend. Hugs, Phyliss

  12. Hmmm, not sure if I have a copy of Give Me a Texas Ranger… I have to double check…. that is amazing that the book is in a museum! 🙂 One of my fav Rangers is from Diana Palmer’s book The Texas Ranger, Marc Brannon.

    • Hi Colleen, I’m so glad you brought up somebody besides Chuck Norris. My favorite ranger of all is a big, ol’ crusty one in one of Jodi’s books. His name was Wolf and in the first book he went out into the snow and made snow angels. That picture has always stuck in my mind. Later he had his own story, but I really do love Wolf. It’s been a hard day not to tell my favorite! Thanks, my friend, for stopping by. Big hugs, Phyliss

  13. Hi Shay, glad to have you stop by and give me a challenge. Now I have to research Reese Bennett, but at first bet, I’m thinkin’ he’s a family member of yours. There are so many Rangers for so many years that it’s hard to keep up with. I hope you’ll tell me if he’s related. Got your name in the Stetson for tonight’s drawing! Big hugs, Phyliss

  14. What a great post! I have always admired the Texas Rangers, the job they did, and what they stood for. Eddie Almond is a retired ranger from a town not far from where I live.

  15. Great post. I have listened to all of the Old Time Radio “Tales of the Texas Rangers” episodes with Joel McCrea and of course loved Walker, Texas Ranger – but the real stories are even better. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Wow! Phyliss, thank you for the chance to win. Like all the other replies, I too; enjoyed Chuck Norris. Texas Rangers, or regular cowboys the old west comes alive in all of the filles books. All of your research makes these books that much better for us to enjoy. And the blog brings us a lot of info. Hugs to you, Phyliss

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