With cannons, muskets and a Native American blessing, the Texas Ranger Heritage Center came one step closer to reality Tuesday.
The facility will be a living history museum that will tell the story of one of the most respected and feared law enforcement agencies in the country.
"Nothing chills the heart of a wrongdoer more than the phrase, ‘The Rangers are looking for you,’” said Gov. Rick Perry.
Perry helped break ground for the center. It will commemorate the Ranger’s nearly 200-year history.
"The opportunity to learn more about the history and the heritage of the heroes that served as the Texas Rangers," Perry said.
A history the former Texas Ranger Foundation says exemplifies the character traits of courage, determination, dedication, respect and integrity.
"We are trying to preserve the history of the Texas Rangers and also to educate the children of Texas about the Rangers," Ray Martinez, a retired Texas Ranger, said
Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover says the Ranger's history complements the historic Hill Country community.
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"It will enlighten, inspire and inform generations of kids to want to emulate those characteristics and in turn become the heroes of tomorrow," Hoover said.
"There's a lot of history here because of the Rangers that were involved in the area," Martinez said.
History that continues to be made by the Rangers today.
"The years have changed Texas, but they haven't changed the Rangers all that much," Perry said.
The museum will be built on Highway 290 next to Fort Martin Scott.
When completed, it will feature a memorial to fallen Rangers, an amphitheater and a bell tower. The first phase is expected to open in about a year.