3/28/2012 7:52:00 AM Arizona Rangers helped tame the West
John, left, and Virginia Smith, center, of Chino Valley browse some of the artifacts showing the Arizona Rangers’ history after the March 24 presentation at the Chino Valley Historical Society’s meeting.
Some Arizona Rangers memorabilia is displayed at a presentation March 24.
Thugs, rustlers and train robbers make up a good portion of the old west image that many are familiar with, but what many people aren't aware of is the part that the Arizona Rangers played to tame the wild west.
The Rangers have a long and rich history, dating back to 1901 to their first headquarters in Bisbee, where they patrolled the Mexican border. By 1908 the Rangers manned 15 stations throughout the state, before the original group was disbanded in 1909.
After some 40 years, the Rangers re-grouped in 1950s, continuing on through today, including the local Lonesome Valley Company based out of Prescott Valley.
On March 24, the Chino Valley Historical Society invited the Lonesome Valley Company to speak during the society's meeting at the Chino Valley Senior Center. Nearly 100 history buffs welcomed the company, viewed a multi-media presentation and got a hands-on look at Ranger memorabilia.
"I am an Arizona native and I was born in Bisbee," commented Virginia Smith, who attended the presentation with her husband, John. "I thought the presentation was fantastic, especially the portion on Bisbee."
Currently the Rangers operate as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization where they work under the supervision of local law enforcement agencies to provide support and field services, as well as offering physical security for various businesses and organizations.
Ranger Public Information Officer Sgt. Willie Lass reports that after the Saturday presentation, his company received five application inquiries to join the all-volunteer group.
More information on the Rangers, including a downloadable application, is available on the group's web site at lvrangers.org .