Vintage Austin: Texas Rangers Captains
This Vintage Austin photo features a group of Texas Ranger Captains from 1932. The Texas Rangers are the oldest law enforcement agency in North America. In 1823, Steven F. Austin asked ten men to serve as rangers to protect families in Texas following the Mexican War of Independence. This is considered the unofficial beginning of the Rangers. The Rangers have jurisdiction across Texas, can never be disbanded, and serve as Texas’ state bureau of investigation.
Photo Credit: Austin History Center, C04892