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Hey fellas, I've driven past the Ranger Museum in Waco very likely over 100 times without ever stopping in, so on my last trip up to Dallas, I made a point to visit. This is a fantastic museum with an abundance of firearms and great history on the Texas Rangers. They've really done a great job with the displays and information. Well worth a visit if you find yourself in the middle of Texas. (And let's be honest, there aren't many reasons to stop in Waco, but this is one!)

I took a number of pics so I could share them with you guys, especially those outside of the Republic of Texas who may not get to visit this place.

Enjoy!

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Really cool Winchester display. The 1873 with champion shot of the world is awesome, if not a little excessive!

Jack Coffee Hays display includes the original portrait done while he was living in CA after his many years of service as a Texas Ranger in the late 1830's and early 1840's. He was a very successful ranger Captain and legend has it that he held off a large force of Comanche's by taking refuge atop the enormous granite outcropping known as enchanted rock in SW Texas. The portrait portrays him with his rifle (claimed to be the one displayed below the picture) at enchanted rock. He had two paterson's with him that enabled him enough rapid firepower to keep the indian's at bay until his fellow rangers could relieve him. Hays County, between Austin and San Antonio is named for him and there is a really nice statue of him at the courthouse in San Marcos, Hays County (although it has him holding an SAA).

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I wish I could have taken more pics of this display but my phone was nearly dead. Cal Aten and his brother Ira, were Texas Rangers in far South Texas in the late 1880's. Cal is shown on the famous photograph of Ranger Company D, Frontier Battalion taken in 1888 in the Rio Grande area. This colt was taken by Ranger Aten after a fight with outlaws. You can see Aten's handwritten note and the typed letter detailing the incident. Not a bad trophy, eh? Very noteworthy family in the annals of Texas Rangers.

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Hope you guys enjoyed the pictures.
 

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Been there a couple of times while doing the CCA show - great place. Try to visit early October and catch the Heart O' Texas rodeo.

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The last company I worked for, before retiring, was headquartered in Waco.

Whenever we had meetings there I would try to visit. Always crossed the interstate, there over the Brazos, to eat at Buzzard Billy's on the water.

Great pics; brings back terrific memories! :cool:
 

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Both the museum and Buzzard Billy's are the bomb. When I started going to the museum Gaines De Graffenried was the curator. He was an old time Texas cotton broker and auctioneer. As such he traveled the state and had acquired a wonderful collection of Colts and Winchesters. Every time I went in the receptionist would recognize me, notify Gaines who would then escort me in gratis, take me to his office and unload desk drawers of SAA for sale.
 

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Very good post. I was in Austin last summer for a family get together. Our last day there, my plan was to drive all the way out to Waco specifically to see that museum. My wife was also interested in the trip, as they film that home restoration tv show in Waco, and she wanted to see the shop associated with that program. Well, between driving folks to and from the airport that last day, and packing up, we had to cancel on the trip. Seeing these photos really makes me want to check it out in person. I appreciate you sharing these - I bet I could spend all day there.
 
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I went there about 6 years ago. You can spend hours there and back-trace your steps and look at it again. There's just so much cool stuff to see. I can't imaging anyone being disappointed.

Nice pics! :)
 

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Someday I will make a point to go see this place. Always been mezmorized by the Rangers.

This particular Colt in the Thread grabbed my eye: image.jpg Lots of resemblance to Elmer's #5! No doubt must've been the handywork of Croft & that same set of Smiths that did Elmers. Even a 44special* Beauty Custom Colt.
 

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Top draw displays, you yanks are so lucky to have these collections to be able to view in the good old cowboy state of Texas USA. A great post thanks for posting. Kind regards, ALSS.
 
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