Ranger, Texas – The word was heard far and wide on that day,in October 1917, Ranger’s McCleskey No. 1 hit pay dirt, was a Gusher and proclaimed the beginning of the Great Boom. An article in the New York Times stated it “was probably the most spectacular boom ever to have occurred within the United States”. “Spectacular,” indeed. Our United States, Great Britain, Italy, France and Russia were in the midst of WWI with Germany and the Central Powers. Russia had supplied the Allies with oil since 1914 and its withdrawal from the conflict in 1917 caused the Allies to have a “critical” petroleum shortage, Thus Ranger’s Oil Boom was noted “The Boom That Won The War”. The week of October 14 ~ 21st, we’re celebrating ~ The Centennial Year of The Boom That Won The War, and Made our Eastland County.
Come help us celebrate!
Saturday, October 14th
2:00 p.m. Big Parade on Loop 254
4:00 p.m. Presentation with the Railroad at Roaring Ranger Museum on S. Commerce St.
Following the presentation will be a dedication of the park and historical markers at the end of S. Commerce St.
5:30 p.m. Fort Hood 1st Cavalry Horse Detachment performs at the Ranger Rodeo Grounds, 1103 S. Commerce
6:30 p.m. Leon River Cowboy Church, Youth Rough Stock Rodeo at the Ranger Rodeo Grounds, 1103 S. Commerce
Sunday, October 15th
2:00 p.m. Hot dogs & hamburgers served by the Ranger Ministerial Alliance. Donations accepted to benefit their community meals program. Singing until 5 p.m.
3:00 p.m. Boomtown Bolt 5K
Wednesday, October 18th
Education Day. Schools will visit the park & museum. Static Displays, Scavenger Hunt, Science Experiments & Oil Stories.
Saturday, October 21st
Vendors all day
10 AM – 5:30 PM – Texas musicians throughout the day
6:00 PM – Johnny Counterfit Show – voice impressionist/comedian – Free Admission
Contest winners for the Beard Growing Contest, BBQ Grill Raffle and Quilt Raffle will be announced during the show.