Texas Ranger Research Center to open late July

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 3:25pm

WACO -- Since 1823 the Texas Rangers have been a unique group.

"They have solved crimes no one else could solve and have been very persistent is going after criminals and what not," Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum Director, Byron Johnson said.

With a rich history and one that will now be housed in the new 1.25 million dollar Tobin and Anne Armstrong Texas Ranger Research Center all a part of the museum complex at the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum. The building holds many new amenities, too.

"An exhibit gallery so that we can display some of our special documents from our collections that you might not otherwise get a chance to see. We have a reading room where people that are here for a short period of time can can take a look at the things that prove that their great grandfather was a Ranger. we have a room that we use for long term researchers," Johnson said.

Researchers from all over the world utilize these archives. As a gift for the new facility, the Texas Rangers donated the last 40 years of documents including case files and written reports to the archives.

"It's about 200 archival boxes of records. And most of the major cases they've been involved with in the last 40 years are in those records. Things like the Branch Davidians, the Rafeal Resendez Ramirez the railroad serial killer, to you name it."

If you'd like to find out if your ancestor was a true Texas Ranger you can visit the new research center by late July, early August.

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