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The Texas Rangers were unofficially formed in 1823 when Stephen F. Austin employed 10 men to protect American families settling in Texas after the Mexican War of Independence. They became an official law enforcement agency in 1835 making the Rangers the 2nd oldest of all state-level law enforcement agencies. The Rangers dealt with some of the most memorable criminal cases of the Old West including John Wesley Harding and Bonnie and Clyde.

The Texas Rangers were unofficially formed in 1823 when Stephen F. Austin employed 10 men to protect American families settling in Texas after the Mexican War of Independence.

Tough Customers of the Old West  Are they (L to R) Frank James, Fletch Taylor, and Jesse James  The hombre standing in the center has a Whitney Navy conversion revolver tucked in his vest

Tough Customers of the Old West Are they (L to R) Frank James, Fletch Taylor, and Jesse James The hombre standing in the center has a Whitney Navy conversion revolver tucked in his vest My family!

Wanted  Dead or Alive  $5,000  ordered by the White people

Pancho Villa Wanted Poster wanted for killing his sisters killer

August 2, 1876, frontiersman "Wild" Bill Hickok is shot from behind and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota. According to the story, he was holding 2 pair....aces and eights.....since know as a "dead man's hand".

James Butler Hickok, ca 1874 He was known as "Wild Bill Hickok", a legend of the American Old West.

ca. 1875, [tintype portrait of three cowboy-esque gentlemen, one with a doll] via the International Center of Photography

[tintype portrait of three gentlemen, one with a doll] (real men can have their picture taken with a doll)

Wanted Poster Generator - Make your own Old-West-style Wanted Poster (and use it as an MSN display image)!

Wanted Poster Generator - Make your own Old-West-style Wanted Poster (and use it as an MSN display image)!

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