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Texas Rangers (1920 - Today)

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Texas Rangers Badge - Alan's Old West History Made Easy Trivia powered by ABE1. The Great Depression forced both the federal and state governments to cut down on personnel and funding of their organizations, and the Rangers were no exception. The number of commissioned officers was reduced and the only means of transportation afforded to Rangers were free railroad passes, or using their personal horses. What was the force reduced to?

  • 15
  • 45
  • 75

2. The situation worsened for the agency when its members entangled themselves in politics in 1932 by publicly supporting the governor in his re-election campaign, over his opponent Miriam Amanda "Ma" Ferguson. Who was the governor?

  • Rex Reason
  • Ross Sterling
  • Mark Reynolds

3. Ferguson was elected, and immediately after taking office in January 1933, she proceeded to discharge all serving Rangers.

  • True or False?

4. Texas became a safe hideout for the many Depression-era gangsters escaping from the law. Who was NOT a Depression-era gangsters?

  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • George "Machine Gun" Kelly
  • Andy Amos

5. The Rangers merged with the Texas Highway Patrol under a new agency called the Texas Department of Law Enforcement (DLE).

  • True or False?

6. Rangers developed a clear detective function including many high-profile ones such as the pursuit and capture of serial killer Angel Maturino Resandiz.

  • True or False?

7. One of the most enduring phrases associated with the Rangers today is One Riot, One Ranger. It is somewhat apocryphal in that there was never actually a riot; rather, the phrase was coined by Ranger Captain William "Bill" McDonald, who was sent to Dallas in 1896 to prevent the illegal heavyweight prize fight between Pete Maher and Bob Fitzsimmons that had been organized by Dan Stuart. Who supported the fight?

  • "Hanging Judge" Roy Bean
  • Wyatt Earp
  • Clay Allison

8. The duties of the Texas Ranger Division consist of conducting criminal and special investigations; apprehending wanted felons; suppressing major disturbances; the protection of life and property; and rendering assistance to local law enforcement in suppressing crime and violence. The Texas Ranger Division is also responsible for the gathering and dissemination of criminal intelligence pertaining to all facets of organized crime

  • True or False?

9. The Texas Rangers' internal organization still maintains the basic outlines that were set in 1935. The agency is formed into eight companies: seven District Companies lettered from "A" to "G", and Headquarters Company "H", each commanded by a Lt. Colonel.

  • True or False?

10. Modern-day Rangers (as well as their predecessors) do not have a prescribed uniform, per se, although the State of Texas does provide guidelines as to appropriate Ranger attire, including a requirement that Rangers wear clothing that is western in nature. While Rangers still pay for their clothing today, they receive an initial stipend to offset some of the costs of boots, gunbelts and hats.

  • True or False?


Texas Rangers (1920 - Today) Answers

  1. 45
  2. Ross Sterling
  3. True
  4. Andy Amos
  5. False. It was the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
  6. True
  7. "Hanging Judge" Roy Bean
  8. True
  9. False. Each company is commanded by a captain.
  10. True

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