Texas Ranger Campsite

Texas Ranger Campsite (HM1ZHK)

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S 33° 39.871', W 101° 10.532'

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Law and order for Plains area began here in 1879 with creation of Camp Roberts, first ranger station in Panhandle. Company C of the newly formed Frontier Battalion of Texas Rangers was located here and commanded by Capt. G. W. Arrington, Civil War veteran, hard-fighting Ranger, later a Panhandle sheriff and rancher. Battalion commander was Maj. John B. Jones.
Frontier Battalion was created to protect settlers from marauding Indians and outlaws; rowdy cowboys also needed disciplining. Captain Arrington's C Company was to have 75 men to meet these duties—he never had more than 28. A large territory and few men to cover it meant scouting parties always on the move.
Living conditions on the vast, arid plains, scouting trips, encounters with violence, long watches over dangerous captives made a Ranger's life hard. Each man was self-supporting, furnishing his own saddle, ropes, guns, clothing, horse, bedding; he received small salary, ammunition and food from the state. Shooting matches provided much of his off-duty entertainment.
By 1881 local Indian menace was removed; Rangers went to new frontier, 1882. Remnants of Camp Roberts today are foundations of three sod buildings around an old well used by the Rangers.
Marker Number5267
Year Placed1967
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Friday, July 7th, 2017 at 12:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14H E 298289 N 6272917
Decimal Degrees-33.66451667, -101.17553333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesS 33° 39.871', W 101° 10.532'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 52.2600" S, 101° 10' 31.9200" W
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