Frontier Texas is a history museum, gift shop and the official visitor center for Abilene and the Texas Forts Trail Region. Now Showing "Blood & Treasure on the Frontier"


Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-6:00 pm with the last showing at 4:30 pm.

Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm with the last showing at 3:30 pm.

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This month in Texas history

Date: October 21, 1917

On this day in 1917, McClesky No. 1 came in. This oil well began the boom in Ranger, Texas. By June 1919 twenty-two wells were being drilled in the area and eight refineries were open or under construction. Ranger may have had 30,000 residents at one time. Pictures from the boom days show derricks sprouting up like trees throughout the town. The boom also brought the usual social accompaniments--gambling houses, brothels, and frequent killings in the oilfields. By 1921, however, the boom was over.

Explore this exhibit: A Wild Land

13,000 Years of cultures smashed by the forces of this region

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