County hears update on Ranger Heritage Center

AN ARCHITECTURAL drawing of the proposed Former Texas Rangers Foundation Heritage Center shows the large project, planned for the town's east side.

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

A progress report on the planned Former Texas Rangers Foundation Heritage Center and an annual summary of The Good Samaritan Center were highlights on the most recent Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court docket.

Officials met Friday, May 24, to accommodate the county holiday for Memorial Day, which fell on their regular meeting day, Monday, May 27.

“We’re moving along at a fast pace,” said Joe B. Davis, retired Texas Ranger and president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation (FTRF.) “We are working with a good team locally and we plan to break ground in September. I think everyone in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County is going to be proud of what we’re going to build out there.”

Davis explained to commissioners how the Heritage Center, which will be situated between the Fort Martin Scott Historic Site and the Hill Country University Center grounds, will be developed in two phases.

The first phase will represent two-thirds of the overall project and will include the Rangers ring of honor, a 30-foot-across badge situated in an outdoor memorial to honor Rangers who have been lost in the line of duty.

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