The Ranger Ideal Volume 1
Established in Waco in 1968, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
honors the iconic Texas Rangers, a service which has existed, in one
form or another, since 1823. They have become legendary symbols of Texas
and the American West. Thirty-one Rangers, with lives spanning more than
two centuries, have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
In The Ranger Ideal Volume 1: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame,
1823-1861, Darren L. Ivey presents capsule biographies of the seven
inductees who served Texas before the Civil War. He begins with Stephen
F. Austin, “the Father of Texas,” who laid the foundations of the Ranger
service, and then covers John C. Hays, Ben McCulloch, Samuel H. Walker,
William A. A. “Bigfoot” Wallace, John S. Ford, and Lawrence Sul Ross.
Using primary records and reliable secondary sources, and rejecting
apocryphal tales, The Ranger Ideal presents the true stories of these
intrepid men who fought to tame a land with gallantry, grit, and guns.
This Volume 1 is the first of a planned three-volume series covering all
of the Texas Rangers inducted into the Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco,
“Ivey’s work is a well-researched, well-organized, and well-written
chronicle of the dramatic events in the military era of the Texas
Rangers. His encyclopedic presentation of life
stories—mini-biographies—is definitive and is the centerpiece of the
book.” —Harold J. Weiss Jr., author of Yours to Command: The Life and
Legends of Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald