Texas Rangers RANGERS: 1868 Texas Rangers. Comanches, were the principle adversaries of the Rangers in the years after the Civil War. Photos of Texas Rangers taken prior to 1870 are rare. This one of James Thomas Bird (left) and John J. Haynes was taken in 1868. Note the spurs on each pair of stove top boots, the mule ears on the boots on man at right. the flat top sombrero type at hanging on knee of man at right.