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Arizona Rangers, a legacy of public service

by The 100 Companies

The Arizona Territory was rampant with cattle rustling, train robberies and murder at the turn of the 20th century. After pressure from ranch owners and railroad barons, in 1901 the 21st Arizona Legislative Assembly approved a bill to organize a company of Arizona Rangers.

Modeled after the Texas Rangers, the first company was comprised of 14 elite, well-trained men who were notoriously effective at surprising and apprehending outlaws.

The Arizona Rangers established their headquarters in Bisbee, Arizona until they disbanded in 1909. During its eight years patrolling the landscape, 107 men served in the prestigious group.

– Margaret Willard, The 100 Companies

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