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Come and Take It is a talk show about Texas, by Texans. Three friends born and raised in Texas share their views on the state’s history, culture, and just what it means to be Texan.

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Mike Zolkoski
Scott Elfstrom
Sean McIver

#26: Texas Rangers Part One

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While today the Texas Rangers are a branch of the Department of Public Safety, their roots stretch back to the loosely-organized militia that ranged the frontier in Texas during the late 1800s. A unique breed of self-sufficient soldiers, the Rangers went toe-to-toe with Indians, Mexican troops, and outlaws to become legendary.

Before we begin… Who’s your favorite Texas blues guitarist?

There is plenty of information on the history of the Texas Rangers, but one of the best is Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers by Robert M. Utley. I’m not sure you could find a more comprehensive narrative of the early days of this legendary institution.

In addition, we relied, as usual, on the Handbook of Texas, and combed the website for the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum for further information.

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