Rangers to break ground on museum

ARCHITECT'S rendering of completed Texas Ranger Heritage Museum. Officials will break ground at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the location, 1618 E. Main Street, adjacent to Fort Martin Scott and the Hill Country University Center.

By Ken Esten Cooke —

After years of planning, the Texas Rangers Heritage Center will finally break ground with a 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 ceremony.

The board of directors of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation (FTRF) and the Former Texas Rangers Association will be on hand to turn the dirt, and many dignitaries and guests have been invited to the plot at 1618 East Main Street, adjacent to both Fort Martin Scott and the Hill Country University Center.

“This will be a great thing for Fredericksburg,” said Joe B. Davis, president of the FTRF. “Fredericksburg is one of the top tourist destinations in the state. The Heritage Center will compliment the other museums and it fits entirely with the city’s commitment to the commemoration of its collective past.”

The center will capture the history of the Rangers, while seeking to impart wisdom of what are called the five character traits of the Rangers — courage, determination, dedication, respect and integrity.

The center also plans to do educational outreach through serving as a field trip destination, offering distance learning opportunities and serving as a judge in fine arts competitions involving Rangers history.

Also planned for Tuesday is a project update, Davis said, entertainment, light refreshments and cannon fire.

Mike Cox, former Fredericksburg resident and author of two books on the Texas Rangers, plans to be at the ground-breaking ceremony. He is a former member of the FTRF board of directors.

“Fredericksburg just overwhelmed the board of directors with its civic willingness to have the center, so I think they made a wise choice to put it there,” he said. “It will be satisfying to be there on Sept. 24.”

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