This city began as a Texas Ranger Camp in the mid-1870s. Nestled in a green valley, the rural farming community exploded into activity in October 1917 when a gusher, the McClesky No. 1, blew oil so high in the air it could be seen for miles. It has been called one of the greatest booms in the history of the petroleum industry. This event happened just as the need for oil skyrocketed with the onset of World War I. The promise of instant riches brought in tens of thousands looking to make their fortune and in one year's time, Ranger's population grew from 1,000 to 30,000. Small farmers found themselves richer than they ever imagined. The boom was short lived.
Ranger is now a quiet community, home to Ranger College and the annual Roaring Ranger Rodeo. There is an RV park for visitors.
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