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LB01 - Arizona Rangers Badge

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Manufacturer: Cochise Leather Company
 
This badge was worn by the Arizona Rangers which was created in 1901 by the Arizona Territorial Legislature.  The Rangers were organized to deal with the outlaws, especially rustlers that were rampant along the Mexican border.  The Rangers were based upon the Texas Rangers and were well-trained and outfitted with the best modern weapons and horses that money could buy.  A company originally consisted of a captain, a sergeant and 12 privates but in 1903 the privates were increased to 26 men.
 
The first Captain was Burton Mossman who had been the manager of the Aztec Land and Cattle Co., also known as the "Hash Knife Outfit" in northern Arizona and was living in Bisbee ranching at the time.  After organizing the original group of Rangers, Mossman stepped down and was replaced by Thomas Rynning and then Garry Wheeler. The Rangers were disbanded in 1909 and were very effective during their years of service.  They shut down several outlaw bands and helped resolve strikes at the various copper mines along the border.  Many of the men who originally signed up were ex-members of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders.  All of these men were skilled at riding, horsemanship, tracking and marksmenship.  They wore their badges out in the open to make known who they were.

  • Visit the Arizona Ranger Museum in Douglas, Arizona.  It is located in the old 1904 Courthouse and is open every Saturday from 10AM to 3PM.  Admission is free.  Click here to learn more about the Arizona Rangers, the history and the volunteer organization that it is now.
  • The 1971 John Wayne movie "Big Jake" had Arizona Rangers in it.
  • The Arizona Rangers activities were reported extensively by the newspapers and you can read a collection of these reports in a book "The Arizona Rangers" which is edited by Joseph Miller. 
 
All of our badges are made in the Cochise Leather Company shop located in Cochise
just minutes from Tombstone, Arizona.