Texas Rangers Heritage Center site work begins

HEAVY EQUIPMENT from Fredericksburg’s Allen Keller Company begins working the dirt on the site of the future Texas Rangers Heritage Center, to be situated just east of the Fort Martin Scott Historic Site on East Main Street (U.S. Highway 290 East.) To be completed by fall are the center’s outdoor features, including a pavilion, amphitheater, bell tower, “Ring of Honor” and parking lot, while Phase II will feature the museum’s main building. —Photo courtesy Former Texas Rangers Foundation

The Texas Rangers Heritage Center moved a step closer to becoming a fixture in Fredericksburg’s landscape on Monday, Dec. 16, when Allen Keller Company began excavation on the city’s eastern edge.

Moving dirt on Phase I of the future destination complex adjacent to the Fort Martin Scott Historic Site on East Main Street (U.S. Highway 290 East) signifies the start of a multi-month construction project whose completion is scheduled sometime this fall.

Being built first are a pavilion, an amphitheater, a bell tower, a parking lot and the center’s “Ring of Honor” — an area centered around a 25-foot diameter granite star where the names of past Texas Rangers will be permanently memorialized. It will serve as a public space for ceremonies, as well as contemplation area for the memorial.

Phase II of the project will see the creation of the Heritage Center’s main building, with its 7,600 square feet allotted for five galleries with interactive displays.

Also included in Phase II of the project will be a 636-square-foot area designated to house the Texas Ranger archives and a library capable of shelving 2,000 books, plus a 425-square-foot conference room and a 1,038-net-square-foot museum store.

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