Ranger, Texas – Potential in a Small Texas Town

January 31, 2018

Ranger, Texas


Situated between Abilene and Fort Worth, Ranger, Texas is a quiet town of roughly 2,500 residents. Ranger is named after the famous Texas Rangers, who, in the late 1800’s, set up a camp town just a couple miles outside of the present-day location of the town. This camp, known as a “Ranger Camp Valley,” was a tent city – “since all businesses, including schools, churches and stores were inside tents”(Texas Escapes).

In 1880 the Texas and Pacific Railroad Company was given 160 acres of land, and the Texas Rangers and their families moved to the current location of Ranger, Texas and set up a permanent town. The early 1900’s saw an oil boom in the area, and so the area grew from a mere 750 residents to over 16,000 by 1920. It did not take long for the oil wells to run dry.That along with a major fire that wiped out two city blocks, and an outbreak of typhoid fever, the population dwindled down to just over 6000 in the 1930 census.

The town that had humble beginnings, continues to remain in such a state. There is evidence of a booming town, but now buildings lay abandoned or in disrepair. The railway is still active with trains running through Ranger, but there is no longer a train station in the town.  

There is potential for growth in the town. With areas like Weatherford and Abilene growing, this small transit town could offer a place to rest or get some refreshments. Perhaps an investor with a dream of expansion in the region will realize this potential and we will see another boom in Ranger. If not, visiting Ranger is worthwhile for those who enjoy a bit of Texas History.

Gunfights & Sites in Texas Ranger History (Landmarks)

An interesting attraction is the Ranger Antique Airfield. One of the oldest fields, Ranger Antique Airfield opened in 1911. Its claim to fame is that pilot Amelia Earhart landed her Pitcairn Autogyro at the Airfield in 1931. Make sure to stop by their annual Old School Fly-In and Airshow this year, held October 5-7, 2018. For more information check out the Airshow’s website.

Signature Announcements Ranger High School (Ranger, TX) Graduation Announcements, Presidential style, Basic package of 25 with Gold & Black Metallic Foil seal

The Texas Rangers (Images of America Series)

Granbury Camera Club Photography Show

Exciting news!  I entered three photos into the 2018 Granbury Camera Club Photography Show today.  All three were accepted into the show!  The Opening Night Reception & Awards will the held at the Shanley House in Granbury at 6:30 p.m., January 27th.

Oldest Town on Northwest Frontier

January 17, 2018

Albany,  Texas


Albany, Texas is a small town of roughly 2000 people in north Texas, just 35 miles northeast of Abilene. According to the its Chamber of Commerce, “Albany is the oldest town on the Northwest Frontier.” Located on the Texas Forts Trail, Albany is situated between Fort Phantom Hill and Fort Griffin, the latter of which still has strong ties with the small town of Albany.

The town has put a lot of effort into preserving its history and the culture. Buildings along Main Street have been renovated to reflect the atmosphere of days old. Vintage Vanilla Soda Fountain/Sanders Drug Store is a prime example. The building was erected in 1905. It opened as a dry Goods store till 1926. It re-opened as a pharmacy in 1926. The building has been updated with lavish trim work and display cases. It has continued operating as a pharmacy to this day. It now contains a diner, ice cream parlor and a gift shop. Drop by to see their Daily Lunch Specials.

If you are interested in visiting the quaint little town of Albany, consider making a trip during the last two weekends in June so you can catch Texas’ oldest musical “Fort Griffin Fandangle.” It truly is like stepping into the wild west, when this land was settled by rough and tough cowboys.

Check out the Albany Chamber of Commerce website for more information.


InStep Fire Truck Pedal Car

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Thomas Myers Racing for Kids & Car Show 2017

December 23, 2017

Christmas is just around the corner. Lights are up in neighborhoods, Santa has made several appearances at local malls, and Eggnog Lattes are back at Starbucks. The Christmas Season has been full of joy and laughter. For some though, this time of year is tough. The financial strain that families feel can be disheartening. Though the meaning of Christmas is about more than presents under the tree, there is no denying the thrill parents feel hearing the squeals and laughter of their little ones on Christmas Morning. For those families that have fallen on hard times, programs like Thomas Myers Racing for Kids Toy Drive & Car Show can bring a huge relief.

This event sponsored by Thomas Myers Automotive and O’Rielly Auto Parts was held at the Classic Chevrolet Dealership in Granbury, Texas Dec 2, 2017. There was a great turn out and scores of toys were collected to benefit children and families in the region.

Thanks for helping make Christmas bright!



1955 Chevrolet Truck Apache

Also on display were dozens of vehicles, from hot-rods to classic cars, for car guys and gals from Hood County to enjoy. Each one stood out on their own. Excellent workmanship and fantastic paint jobs!


Here are just a few of the cars that were on display:



This one is in the books and now, looking forward to the next year’s toy drive and car show.  Until then, check out this book on nostalgic cars, or visit Thomas Myers’ website to check out the services they offer.

My Dad Had That Car: A Nostalgic Look at the American Automobile, 1920-1990


Thomas Myers Automotive

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Working Town with Irish Heritage; Dublin, Texas

December 13, 2017

I have passed through Dublin on numerous occasions, always on my way somewhere else; never giving it much thought. Boy was I surprised when, on a recent road trip, I stopped in the small town just outside of Stephenville, Texas. Did you know….

In 2005 the Texas Legislature passed a resolution that designated Dublin to be the Irish Capitol of Texas (Commission, 2017). One of the most notable Irish Americans to hail from Dublin is none other than the late Ben Hogan, world-renowned pro-golfer. For those interested in learning more about the prolific golfer, Dublin is home to the Ben Hogan Museum, located just one block from downtown on E. Blackjack Street.


Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons the Modern Fundamentals of Golf Paperback



And, until recently, Dublin was the home of Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company. Dublin Dr Pepper was a favorite of many soda enthusiasts. The Bottling Company used the original recipe with pure cane sugar, even as other bottling companies around the country had moved to less expensive sweeteners, like high fructose corn syrup (Dublin Bottling Works, 2017). Today the Bottling Company no longer produces Dr Pepper, after losing a legal battle with Dr Pepper’s parent company, but they still produce several soda options. You can tour the Dublin Bottling Company facilities at the Dublin Bottle Works and W.P. Kloster Museum or just grab a old fashioned bottled soda from Old Doc’s Soda Shop.


The Road to Dr Pepper, Texas: The Story of Dublin Dr Pepper by Karen Wright (2006-01-17)





ORIGINAL FORMULA “Dublin Dr Pepper” – MADE WITH REAL CANE SUGAR!!! In 8 Oz Glass Bottles!!! SINGLE Bottles!




For more information on what Dublin has to offer, or to plan a trip to this quaint little town, visit the Chamber of Commerce Website: http://www.dublintxchamber.com/


Magic Little Rock Video

Welcome to KoolPromos. This video shows some of the sites and things to do while in Little Rock Arkansas. It is an exciting city with a lot of history. Come enjoy the River Market restaurants, clubs, city parks  and night life.  See You There!