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RANGERS: Early Texas Rangers Perhaps the most storied lawmen of the West were the Texas Rangers. Comanches, not outlaws, were the principle adversaries of the Rangers in the years immediately following 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 and shows the young Indian fighters outfitted more like Civil War guerrillas than the later Texas cowboys.

RANGERS: Early Texas Rangers Perhaps the most storied lawmen of the West were the Texas Rangers. Comanches, not outlaws, were the principle adversaries of the Rangers in the years immediately following 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 and shows the young Indian fighters outfitted more like Civil War guerrillas than the later Texas cowboys.

Jesse James Gang. The American way. If you can't get what you want, kill the people that have it.

Jesse James Gang. The American way. If you can't get what you want, kill the people that have it.

This photo of Company D Texas Rangers is one of a series of five photographs that play out a story for a photographer. The camp scene shot stands out because it has several of the most prominent Texas Rangers: Sergeant Ira Aten (standing with cup) issues the marching orders; (seated, from left) Jim King, Frank L. Schmid, Ernest Rogers, Cal Aten, Walter Jones, Charley Fusselman, J. Walter Durbin, Jim Robinson, John R. Hughes and Bass (Baz) Outlaw.  Courtesy Jeri and Gary Boyce Radder

This photo of Company D Texas Rangers is one of a series of five photographs that play out a story for a photographer. The camp scene shot stands out because it has several of the most prominent Texas Rangers: Sergeant Ira Aten (standing with cup) issues the marching orders; (seated, from left) Jim King, Frank L. Schmid, Ernest Rogers, Cal Aten, Walter Jones, Charley Fusselman, J. Walter Durbin, Jim Robinson, John R. Hughes and Bass (Baz) Outlaw. Courtesy Jeri and Gary Boyce Radder

11/8/1887 - Gunfighter JOHN 'DOC' HOLLIDAY - Doc Holliday died at the age of 35. The gun fighting dentist died from tuberculosis in a sanitarium in Glenwood Springs, CO.

1882 Gunfighter JOHN 'DOC' HOLLIDAY Vintage 8x10 Photo Old West Portrait Print

11/8/1887 - Gunfighter JOHN 'DOC' HOLLIDAY - Doc Holliday died at the age of 35. The gun fighting dentist died from tuberculosis in a sanitarium in Glenwood Springs, CO.

The Texas Rangers were unofficially formed in 1823 when Stephen F. Austin employed 10 men to protect American families settling in Texas after the Mexican War of Independence. They became an official law enforcement agency in 1835 making the Rangers the 2nd oldest of all state-level law enforcement agencies. The Rangers dealt with some of the most memorable criminal cases of the Old West including John Wesley Harding and Bonnie and Clyde.

The Texas Rangers were unofficially formed in 1823 when Stephen F. Austin employed 10 men to protect American families settling in Texas after the Mexican War of Independence. They became an official law enforcement agency in 1835 making the Rangers the 2nd oldest of all state-level law enforcement agencies. The Rangers dealt with some of the most memorable criminal cases of the Old West including John Wesley Harding and Bonnie and Clyde.

A daguerrotype of Texas ranger captain Samuel Hamilton Walker, 1846. He is probably best known as the co-inventor, along with Samuel Colt, of the famous Walker Colt revolver.

A daguerrotype of Texas ranger captain Samuel Hamilton Walker, 1846. He is probably best known as the co-inventor, along with Samuel Colt, of the famous Walker Colt revolver.

"Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924 – May 28, 1971) was a highly decorated and famous soldier. Through LIFE magazine's July 16, 1945 issue ("Most Decorated Soldier"/cover photo), he became one the most famous soldiers of World War II and widely regarded as the most decorated American soldier of the war."

"Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924 – May 28, 1971) was a highly decorated and famous soldier. Through LIFE magazine's July 16, 1945 issue ("Most Decorated Soldier"/cover photo), he became one the most famous soldiers of World War II and widely regarded as the most decorated American soldier of the war."

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