Roaring Ranger Historical

Roaring Ranger Historical (HM1UM8)

Location: Ranger, TX 76470 Eastland County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 28.192', W 98° 40.786'

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Boom of high excitement and strategic importance. When oil demand was high during World War I, Texas Pacific Coal Company General Manager W.K. Gordon, a believer in deep drilling, persuaded his company to make the venture that started Ranger's oil boom at McClesky No. 1 (1 mi. S). This blew in, October, 1917, as a 1700-barrels-a-day gusher. Later gushers yielded up to 7,000 and 11,000-barrels-a-day each.
     Ten daily trains brought in prospectors packed in the aisles or on tops of coaches. Ranger's dozen or so houses became a city of drillers, suppliers, oil company offices. Living quarters were so scarce that not only were beds of day-tour men occupied by the graveyard-tour men, but overstuffed chairs were also rented for sleeping. Food was hard to get and prices were high. For two rainy years, Ranger was a sea of mud. A sled taxied people across streets, or a man in hip boots carried them piggyback. However, money was plentiful, and forces of vice moved in. After five murders occured in one day, law officers arrested many criminals and expelled gamblers and vagrants.
     Ranger's success overshadowed its troubles. It is said to have yielded in a year twice the wealth of best years in California and Klondike gold fields.
HM NumberHM1UM8
Year Placed1967
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee.
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Date Added Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 530092 N 3592563
Decimal Degrees32.46986667, -98.67976667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 28.192', W 98° 40.786'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 28' 11.52" N, 98° 40' 47.16" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)254
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 S Commerce St, Ranger TX 76470, US
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