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The Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers

Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900

Mike Cox

Forge Books



Trade Paperback

Austin Statesman journalist Michael Cox explores the origin and rise of the famed Texas Rangers. Starting in 1821 with just a handful of men, the Rangers' first purpose was to keep settlers safe from the feared and gruesome Karankawa Indians, a cannibalistic tribe that wanderd the Texas territory. As the influx of settlers grew, the attacks increased, and it became clear that a larger, better trained force was necessary.

Taking readers through the major social and political movements of the Texas territory and into its statehood, Cox shows how the Rangers were a defining force in the stabilization and the creation of Texas. From Stephen Austin in the early days through the Civil War, the first eighty years of the Texas Rangers were nothing less than phenomenal, and the efforts put forth in those days set the foundation for the Texas Rangers who keep Texas safe today.


"Ten men . . . to act as rangers"
Stephen Fuller Austin and his fellow riders broke camp in the short-lived cool of the late-summer morning and continued their trek to the southeast along a lake formed on the...


Praise for The Texas Rangers

“Mike Cox has a unique background for presenting the checkered history of the Rangers. During several years as a spokesman for the Texas Department of Safety, he had access to detailed records and experienced first-hand the mystique that clings to this fabled law enforcement body. Though he gives us the flashes of glory, he does not flinch from the dark side of the Rangers' past.” —Elmer Kelton, Texas legend and author of The Texas Rangers novel series

“A richly detailed and sweeping historical narrative. . . . This modern masterpiece does full justice to both the reality and the myth of the Texas Rangers---a great organization of which I was honored to be a part for 27 years.” —Joaquin Jackson, Texas Ranger (Ret) -- Author of One Ranger: A Memoir

“Big, brawny and proud as the people who created Texas, Mike Cox's The Texas Rangers, Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900 is a welcome addition to Texas history. I enjoyed it thoroughly.” —Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor

“Anyone who reads this book will feel they have found a new electrifying country that they never knew existed. That's how different Texas was in the early days of the Texas Rangers.” —Thomas Fleming New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee

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About the author

Mike Cox

MIKE COX, an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters, began his writing career as a Texas newspaper reporter, then spent fifteen years as spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, which includes the Texas Rangers and later was Communications Manager for the Texas Department of Transportation.

Mike Cox

Mike Cox

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